Seven scientists and engineers have resigned from AEA Technology rather than face disciplinary proceedings for surfing the internet in work time.
Several other employees received warnings, after what AEA described as ‘routine monitoring’ of internet use at its Harwell and Culham sites in Oxfordshire.
‘It was a wide range of material that had nothing to do with their jobs,’ was all an AEA spokesman would say. ‘We can’t afford to have highly paid staff goofing off and surfing the net. We take it very seriously.’