Thousands of job ads posted on Hello Work, the nationwide public employment service, are misleading job-seekers by listing exaggerated pay and conditions, an investigation has found.

The labor ministry on Thursday said inquiries into roughly 9,380 complaints from job-seekers found 41 percent of advertisers listed false or misleading data.

Applicants reported being forced to work longer hours than described, and for less pay, and being told to sacrifice holidays they are entitled to by law, according to the probe, conducted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.