The research by webexpenses found that one in four employees admitted to breaking the rules on their expenses, and one in five didn’t even feel guilty about it.
The problem was particularly acute for young employees, with those aged 18-24 most likely to bend the rules, and was startlingly widespread in the arts industry, where 72 per cent admitted to doing so.
Michael Richards, Chairman of webexpenses, said: “The results of our research are very revealing when it comes to looking at company expenses. Not only have a quarter admitted to bending the rules, but 70 per cent of our respondents also stated that their expenses claims have never been queried or rejected by their employer.
“Although this does not necessarily suggest that a high proportion of expense claims are being exaggerated, it does however show that some false claims could still be slipping under the radar unchecked – possibly due to a complacent attitude towards expenses by both employers and their employees.”
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