20% of job seekers have criminal records

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

More than 20 percent of job seekers in SA have criminal records.

The offences range from murder, rape and armed robbery to petty crime and white- collar fraud.

Vhonani Mufamadi, the CEO of the Ideco Group, said criminal record percentages had spiked over the past 18 months.

"The criminal re-cords rate of 20 percent plus is among the world's highest. Since the economic downturn, more white-collar crimes are expected. We advise employers to use the system to detect risk in their firms," Mufamadi said.

Criminal records are not the only ones applicants lie about - they lie about degrees and other documents, said Ina van der Merwe of SA's background screening firm Kroll.