The vast majority of employees are dishonest when it comes to expenses, a shocking new report has revealed.A report published by webexpenses showed that 85 per cent of workers have admitted to submitting a dodgy expenses claim over the last 12 months.
The research showed that in addition, one in ten employees stated they had considered submitting a fraudulent expenses claim but had never done so, while a further five per cent said they had over-claimed whenever they submit a claim.In addition, a third of employees felt politicians were the worst at over-claiming on their expenses,
Speaking about the findings, Adam Reynolds, chief executive of webexpenses said: “It’s clear from the research that there are far too many people over claiming on expenses in the UK workplace – people we call expenses devils.
“When presented with the opportunity to over-claim and get away with it, some people will, unsurprisingly, choose the dishonest option. In fact, one respondent to our research even admitted to over-claiming by more than £4,000.”
When it came to the reasons for submitting inaccurate claims, 22 per cent did it was because everyone else in their organisation is doing the same, while 17 per cent said that they did not feel as though they were paid enough. A further 12 per cent said they lie about expenses because it is easy to do so.
The report highlights the importance of having a robust payroll system that accurately monitors employee financial records, that includes information such as bonuses, expenses and other details.