Expenses fiddling rife across UK workforce

| June 22, 2009 | 0 Comments
Expenses fiddling rife across UK workforce

MPs are not the only ones fiddling their expenses according to new research by uSwitch.com.

British employees exaggerate their expense claims by half a billion pounds a year, a poll by the price comparison site discovered.

Sixteen percent of employees confessed to stretching their expense claims for financial gain.

Nearly three million UK workers claim for more miles than they’ve actually driven on petrol expenses, whilst over 800,000 have asked for a blank receipt from a taxi driver to fill in the amount themselves.

One in 25 of those polled admitted taking out family and friends on the company account, while more than a quarter (28%) frequently use their work mobile phone for personal calls.

Almost a million employees have taken toilet roll home from their workplace, two million have stolen food or tea bags, and nine million have helped themselves to their employer’s stationery.

“While the current climate is undoubtedly tougher than ever for employees, it is perhaps understandable, if not at all to be condoned, if they do succumb to the temptation to be economical with the truth when it comes to submitting expense claims,” said Louise Bond of uSwitch.com.

“Employees must think long and hard, however, before exaggerating or submitting a bogus expense claim as it is unlikely that, what some might regard as a ‘harmless’ indiscretion, is worth losing a job over.”

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