Ok, so the title is not how it's suggested, I know the point of having a degree, I obtained two which I worked very hard to get.
The question that I am trying to ask, or, the point that I'm trying to make is that, in the United Kingdom, at every possible avenue where I tried to progress into the industry (I'm a software engineer), they all asked for "Good degree", even at School / Colleges there were no chances of gaining a respectful job without having a degree.
When I came out of University and started applying for these jobs, I put on my C.V. that I had just finished University, and I now have my degree. To which, no one asked for any proof or what my final grades were. They were just interested in what I did as my final year project and my programming ability, it was more like the degree did not matter.
Here's the question: What if someone was to "wing" it, and, claim that they had a degree, just to obtain a job? Is the company likely to ask questions, once the probation period is over? Ok, granted if the person seriously lacked the technical skills or showed no signs of gaining any knowledge (like personal research skills etc..) then it would be obvious. However, for someone who had self taught themselves, and had the technical skills but lacked a degree, which was one of the main points. And if so, what would honestly happen at the company, would they fire this person, even though they have made an impact and brought value to the company?