Office workers are spending an average of £1,000 every year on tea runs, whip-rounds for colleagues and other costs according to a new survey.
The total, which also includes socialising with colleagues and sponsoring them in charity events, is estimated at a huge £40,000 over an entire career.
That figure, based on a survey of 2,000 office workers by Nationwide Current Accounts, equates to two years’ take-home pay for the average UK worker.
However, these numbers do not include the cost of commuting to work or daily lunches, which can significantly bump up for the figure and make an office job even more costly.
The survey found that men are generally less inclined to spend money at work, whilst women admitted feeling more pressured to contribute to work or Christmas gifts for colleagues.
Nationwide’s Alan Oliver said: “Working in an office can be an expensive business, especially in big teams. While most people value the camaraderie of working in a team, birthdays, retirements and charity fundraisers can take their toll on our wallets and purses.”
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