Online gambling costs English firms millions

30 per cent of workers gamble at work or know someone who does
||Last Updated: 01/16/2007

The Internet has opened up a whole new world for workers looking to waste time and many workers in England are taking the opportunity to gamble while on the job.

The habit isn't only potentially harming workers' pocketbooks, but businesses as well, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by consultant firm Morse, found that online gambling in the workplace is costing firms more than 300 million pounds ($692 million Can) each year in lost productivity.

"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," said Morse spokesman Philip Wicks.