Are your employees spending over £2,000 a year just to work for you?

Are your employees spending over £2,000 a year just to work for you?

Workers are losing up to £2,460 a year on work-related expenses, according to a new study from CV-Library.

The survey of 1,000 UK workers found the average Brit spends £205 a month on work-related costs, including lunch, commuting and stationary.

Unsurprisingly, commuting costs topped the list of expenses, with 78.1% citing this as their main cost, followed by lunch (73.1%), morning coffee (25.5%), socialising with colleagues (17.1%) and stationary (13.1%).

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While the majority of employees (80%) are careful to factor these expenses into their monthly budget, some cities are just costlier to work in than others.

In fact, the list below highlights how workers in London can expect to pay almost double that of workers in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester on work-related costs.

  1. London - £425 a month (equivalent to £5,100 a year)

  2. Bristol - £360 a month (equivalent to £4,320 a year)

  3. Brighton - £350 a month (equivalent to £4,200 a year)

  4. Cardiff - £305 a month (equivalent to £3,660 a year)

  5. Leeds – £294 a month (equivalent to £3,528 a year)

  6. Liverpool - £270 a month (equivalent to £3,240 a year)

  7. Edinburgh - £254 a month (equivalent to £3,048 a year)

  8. Birmingham - £210 a month (equivalent to £2,520 a year)

  9. Glasgow - £200 a month (equivalent to £2,400 a year)

  10. Manchester - £170 a month (equivalent to £2,040 a year)

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library comments: “While we expect to invest a portion of our wages back into our everyday life, it’s concerning to learn just how much professionals across the nation are losing on work-related expenses. After all, we go to work to earn money – not spend it!

“As an employer, it can be tricky to draw the line between what you should and shouldn’t be funding. While there will always be some costs that are unavoidable for employees, it’s important that you’re not expecting them to fork out for basic necessities that your business should be providing.”



Comments (1)

  • Albrit
    Albrit
    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:30pm BST
    Would be very useful to have a set of definitions as to what was actually defines as a work related expense and why. For example traveling to work is a given part of the equation - of course one could label it work related expense, but then so what?

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