Accountants shy away from lunchtime quickie

Nearly one in five (18%) Brits have had sex on their lunch break, although accountants are the least likely to have time for a lunchtime dalliance and prefer to have a work spouse

Work spouse is a popular buzzword these days and accountants seems to be quite keen on aligning themselves with one. 

Nearly half of accountants - 46% - said they have a colleague at work that they refer to as a work spouse, according to a survey by telecoms provider 4Com.

At the same time, striking up lasting friendships at work seems to be de rigueur in accounting and finance, which came in as the friendliest occupation with 81% of accountants saying they had made lifelong friendships with colleagues, illustrating the effects of a long hours culture.

Accountants said the top three reasons for connecting with a work spouse, were:

  • 23% trust them with their secrets;
  • 19% bicker like a married couple; and
  • 14% said because they make them laugh.

Consultant psychologist and director Dr Elena Touroni at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, said: ‘When people get on well and develop friendships, there is a greater supportive and positive energy, which ultimately makes the experience of going to work more pleasant. Although it can be more complex in some instances, being in an environment that you enjoy generally has a positive effect on your overall productivity'.

On a lighter note, research from watch and sunglass specialist, Tic Watches, has revealed that lunchtime sex is most common among those working in media and marketing, where 21% admitted to it, whereas only 3% of accountants said they had ever done so and, anyway, time sheets did not offer an appropriate slot. 

Around the country, people from Bristol were the most likely to get lucky over lunch, with nearly a third (30%) admitting to hooking up at this time, followed by Glasgow (26%) and then London (24%). Best behaved are East Anglians with only 13% of Norwich residents tempted away from their packed lunch.

Monday was the most popular weekday for extracurricular action, but people tend to take a rest just before the weekend with Thursday the least popular day for lunchtime distractions.

Age was also a factor with 16% of 18-24 year olds making use of their lunch breaks, while only 2% of those over 65 said they had sex at at midday.

Asa Baav, sex expert at matchmaking agency, Tailor Matched said: ‘With the pressures of deadlines, meetings and growing to-do lists, it’s easy to see why we opt for a quick lovemaking session over lunch to release some tension.’

Popping the question - marriage allowance

With Valentine’s Day upon us you may be thinking of popping the question and it is worth taking a moment out from your romantic interlude to check whether you are claiming marriage allowance, a handy tax break which is widely underused. Latest figures from HMRC show that two million taxpayers are not using the benefit, with only 1.8m signed up to the marriage allowance.

While there are a number of limitations on this benefit it is worth considering even though it may only be worth a few hundred pounds. On the plus side you can back claim for up to four years if you missed out.

The law has recently changed allowing heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, and eligible civil partners are also able to claim the allowance, HMRC said.

Marriage allowance lets one partner transfer 10% of their personal allowance – currently £1,250 – to their husband, wife or civil partner if they earn more than them.

To claim marriage allowance all of the following factors must apply:

  • married or in a civil partnership;
  • do not pay income tax (for example, income is below personal allowance – currently £12,500);
  • partner pays income tax at the basic rate, which usually means income is between £12,501 and £50,000 (£43,430 in Scotland).

Claims can be backdated by up to four years, currently to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 when the couple was eligible for marriage allowance.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: ‘Applying for marriage allowance is a quick and easy way for married couples and people in a civil partnership to have £250 or more put back in their pockets.

‘It’s fantastic to see so many couples have already put a few minutes aside to apply and we hope many more will sign up this Valentine’s Day to take advantage of this tax relief.’

Former Manchester City Council worker Jackie Flanagan, 57, is also receiving marriage allowance after applying online with her husband of 35 years, Terry. She added: ‘It only took two minutes and the money was deposited into my bank account. It was so easy!’

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