Contractors who bend the truth via their CVs will find it harder to beat the reference checking system than usual, as universities are signing up to supply their degree results to a credit reference agency.
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Experian, a credit reference agency which already holds files on 44 million Britons, plans to make computer records supplied by the higher education statistic agency available to employers. This will expose fake grades and exaggerated qualifications.
The database will hold details of all degrees awarded by British universities since 1995, and Experian plans to add school qualifications to it at a later date. Employers will have to seek an applicant's permission before consulting Experian, due to the Data Protection Act, but candidates who refuse to be checked could penalise their job chances.