On the fiddle

According to a survey mentioned in today's Scotsman, British workers are cheating employers out of £1 billion a year through their expenses claims.

What is more, "some are making outrageous claims, asking employers to pay for escorts, condoms and pet care, the survey found."

More details include:

The typical worker swindles an extra £14.60 with every claim, normally once a month, adding up to £7,796 over a working lifetime.

Of the 4,000 workers questioned for the survey, only 7 per cent admitted to feeling guilty about false claims.

However, it pales into insignificance considering it is claimed that workers "give" their employers £23 billion of free work every year.

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