Work-related expenses are costing people in Liverpool thousands every year

A survey by independent job site CV-Library reveals the average worker in Liverpool is spending more than £3,000 a year on travel, lunch and even stationery. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool workers are shelling out thousands of pounds in work-related expenses, says CV-Library


Work-related expenses are costing the average employee in Liverpool more than £3,000 a year, a new study reveals.

A survey by one of the UK’s biggest independent job sites, CV-Library, reveals workers in Liverpool are spending an average of £270 on expenses ever month, including lunch, getting to and from their job – and some are evening shelling out for stationery.

The study of 1,000 workers across the UK sought to discover just how much the average professional spends on work-related expenses each year, and where their money is going.

People were asked to reveal the work-related costs they pay out each month. Commuting/travel topped the list (78.1%), followed by lunch (73.1%), morning coffee (25.5%), socialising with colleagues (17.1%) and stationery (13.1%).

Interestingly, 70.5% of workers believe that employers should pay for some, if not all, work-related costs.

The data found that while the majority (80%) are careful to factor these expenses into their monthly budget, some cities are more expensive to work in than others.

London was the most expensive with employs there having to pay out £5,100 a year in expenses, followed by Bristol (£4,320), Brighton (£4,200), Cardiff (£3,660), Leeds (£3,528), Liverpool (£3,240), Edinburgh (£3,048), Birmingham (£2,520), Glasgow (£2,400) and Manchester (£2,040).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “While we expect to invest a portion of our wages back into our everyday life, it’s concerning to learn just how much workers 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.”

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