Employee screening regulations can be applied to all business sectors due to the increase in sophistication of technology, a data quality company says.

Measures which identify money launderers in the finance industry can now be put in place because technology has grown, according to Datanomic.

Over the next three years enterprise screening – the systematic checking of workers and contractors – will be standard practice for large organisations.

Simon Pearson, director of client screening for Datanomic, said checks can be carried out across all business sectors because technology has matured.

"Government departments and airlines will be screening their employees, their suppliers and their partners against criminal and regulatory databases," he added.

According to a survey by pre-employment company Powerchex, 26 per cent of Britons have a major embellishment on their curriculum vitae (CV).

It also showed ten per cent of all CVs have a major discrepancy with employment dates.