Office pilfering costs UK businesses £2bn a year

Stat of the day: £2bn. A new report ranks British workers as 'the worst offenders' in office theft, taking home some £2bn a year in biros, lever arch files, even laptops.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

It's happened to everyone at one time or other: that notepad or pen from your desk winds up in your pocket or handbag. But the cost of office pilfering really adds up. According to office supplies firm Banner Business Services, British workers are notching up some £2bn in 'borrowed' stationery and consumables.

Even more worrying, however, is the rise of USB memory drive theft, which can pose a serious security risk for many firms as sensitive data is removed from the office. And there are increasingly cases where mobile phones, laptops and even iPads are disappearing from company stocks.

Here are the top ten most pilfered items from UK offices:

1)      Post-it notes

2)      Sellotape

3)      Scissors

4)      Toilet roll

5)      Photocopier paper

6)      USB memory sticks

7)      Notepads

8)      Pens

9)      Staplers

10)    Highlighters

So before you head home this evening, check your briefcase for any errant pens or Post-its that have ended up in your possession. And office managers - install a lock on your stationery cupboard. You could save a fortune.

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