Online gambling at work costs English businesses £300m a year

Online gambling at work costs firms in England more than £300m each year in lost productivity, a survey has suggested.

The study by consultancy firm Morse claims almost one-third (30%) of office workers had either placed a bet online or knew someone who had.

Philip Wicks, a consultant at the firm, said: “Many employees have unmonitored access to the internet, and the fact that they can now follow most sporting events online, coupled with the rise of internet gambling websites, has tempted people to place a ‘quick bet’ online.

“However, these bets all add up, and can greatly impact businesses productivity.”

The website where bets were most often placed was the National Lottery, followed by football matches, horse races and online poker games.

The survey results came from interviews with 664 office workers across the UK.

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