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Three-in-Ten Workers Who Had Office Romances Married Their Co-Worker, Finds CareerBuilder.co.uk’s Valentine’s Day Survey

heartsForty-eight per cent of workers had to keep their relationship a secret at work

 LONDON, 14 February, 2013 – That Valentine from your coworker may be more than just a nice gesture this Valentine’s Day. Forty-one per cent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 20 per cent reported dating co-workers at least twice.  Twenty-seven per cent ended up tying the knot with their office beau. This is according to CareerBuilder.co.uk’s office romance survey of 100 workers across the UK conducted by Consumer Analysis Limited during January 2012.

Executive Benefits

While the majority of relationships developed between workers in similar job levels, 45 per cent of workers who dated a co-worker said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and 27 per cent admitted to dating their boss.

The Beginning of a Beautiful Professional Relationship

Romance often springs up in social settings outside of the office however, that’s not necessarily always the case.  Interacting in the office (44 per cent) and a company party (15 per cent) were the most common situations in which romance blossomed, followed by at lunch, meeting in the pub after work, and running into each other outside of the office.

The Secret of My Romance

More than half of workers who have had office romances said they were open about their dating situation in the office.  However, 42 per cent reported they had to keep the relationship under wraps.

Survey Methodology

There were 400 people aged 18-70 from the UK involved in our survey.

About CareerBuilder.co.uk

CareerBuilder UK is one of the most visited online job sites in the United Kingdom. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc (NYSE: GCI), Tribune Company, and The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), CareerBuilder.co.uk powers the career centres for hundreds of UK sites that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. For more information about CareerBuilder products and services, visit http://www.careerbuilder.co.uk

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