Almost a quarter of UK workers fiddle their expenses

27 February 2007
Almost a quarter of UK workers fiddle their expenses

Nearly a quarter (22%) of British workers regularly fiddle their expenses, according to new research by budget hotel group Travelodge.

A survey of 4,000 UK workers revealed that, on average, employees over-claim on their expenses by around £15 per month, equating to around £175 a year.

Men were the worst culprits, with 27% admitting to the scam, while the fairer sex remained less likely to rip of their employers, with only 18% on the fiddle.

Nearly half (46%) of those questioned believed swindling expense claims was a legitimate way of making extra cash, while just 7% said they felt guilty about inventing claims.

More bizarrely perhaps, were some of the bogus claims Travelodge's research discovered had been made. They include a pregnancy kit after a one night stand, condoms, neutering a cat, a hamster for a son's birthday present, a Masonic door knocker, dancing lessons, a Gucci watch and a family trip to Disney World.

Guy Parsons, Travelodge chief operating officer, said: "Our research certainly highlights some outrageous flouting of expenses claiming policies but it is everyday claims that are being manipulated on a more regular basis. Extra mileage claims or the odd bottle of wine whilst entertaining can really rack up a business' bill over the year."

The top 10 most popular claims highlighted within the research were:

  • Petrol
  • Train tickets
  • Food and drink
  • Car parking
  • Hotels
  • Mobile phone bill
  • Plane tickets
  • Wining and dining clients
  • Newspapers
  • Laundry

Lyons report held back till Spring >>

Government must change strategy to benefit from Olympics >>

Dubai Investment company buys Travelodge for £675m >>

Travelodge website >>

By Emily Manson

E-mail your comments to Emily Manson]( a quarter of UK workers fiddle their expenses) here.

[The Caterer Blog]( Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking