HR Answers: Data shows men commit the most expense report fraud

The gender gap in this area may be even greater than you think.

Men are the biggest offenders of expense report fraud by a wide margin, according to the latest data from AppZen’s Expense Report Audit platform. Of all expense fraud detected by AppZen, only 12.3 percent of fraudulent reports were submitted by women, while 87.7 percent were submitted by men.

What causes the gender gap? Although it’s hard to nail down the exact reasons, there are a few possible explanations to consider.

One explanation is that there are slightly fewer women than men in the workplace worldwide. The Pew Research Center analyzed the labor force data of over 114 nations between 2010 and 2016. Across all these countries, the share of women in the workforce is 45.4 percent. Since there are fewer women in the workplace, women have less opportunity in general to commit expense report fraud.


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