Employees are shunning political correctness by giggling at racist and sexist jokes and swearing or engaging in sexual banter, according to an investigation led by specialist insurer, Hiscox.

The worst offenders are 25-34 year-olds with over three quarters (78%) swearing in the workplace and 71% thinking up nicknames for their colleagues. Northerners (73%) and Scots (72%) are the most likely to swear at work and the Scots use sexual innuendo and banter the most (47%) compared to the rest of Great Britain. People from the north of England are more affectionate and use terms of endearment for their colleagues (55%).

Backchat has thankfully so far avoided getting that most affectionate of all Scottish welcomes – a Glasgow kiss.