Working Longer Hours Can Lead To An Affair

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Spending more hours in the office is leading to a rise in affairs in the workplace according to a recent study by Notatwork.co.uk and married dating site IllicitEncounters.com. The research revealed that people who regularly worked over 45 hours a week are almost 5 times more likely to embark on an extra marital affair.

It estimated that more than seven million people a year in the UK work unpaid extra hours to hold on to their jobs. The study revealed that employees that regularly do more that 50+ hours a week are those working in the Video games industry, financial sector, medicine, journalism, and the emergency services. With all of them having a much higher than average number of work-based affairs.

The most common reason the respondents gave for working longer hours was that workload has increased in recent years and they fear for their jobs, so they work longer hours to make sure they are secure. The video games industry has long had a reputation of having to work long hours with developers doing 12 to 16 hours a day for three to four months at a time, without extra pay due to the belief if they don’t they will be replaced by younger cheaper talent.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Mike Taylor, said “Working longer hours without additional pay or benefits can push people into making bad relationship decisions. Workers can find themselves in the office late at night, exhausted and feeling low and take comfort with a co-worker in the same situation, this can then develop as they spend more time with each other than they are with their spouses. Over 54% of all workers admitted that at some-point in their career they have considered engaging in a work-based affair and this study shows the likelihood of them doing so increases exponentially when working hours are increased.”

Unemployment fell to 2.5 million between October and December last year and there are 580,000 more people in work than a year ago, but staff are being squeezed into working longer hours whilst taking home less, with average earnings growth slowing to just 1.4%, below the 2.7% inflation rate.

Employers need to recognise that squeezing more hours out of their workers is counter-productive in more ways than one. It affects their workers’ morale, their physical and mental well being and as this study has shown, can also be detrimental to their personal relationships. None of those is going to be of any long term benefit to any business.

Industry Average Weekly Hours
Video Game Developers 72
Medical 68
Financial 63
Journalism 57
B2B Sales 55
Emergency Services 52
Media/Marketing 51
Legal 48
Security Services 46

* Data Supplied by NotAtWork.co.uk in partnership with IllicitEncounters.com

Notes to editors.

ONS Labour Market Statistics, February 2013 available at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_297429.pdf

The UK’s Leading extra-marital affairs website IllicitEncounters.com

It is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people with over 750,000 members.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

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Les Datéables! Hugh Jackman Tops List For Women’s Most Wanted In Oscars Poll

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Oscar nominated Hugh Jackman has topped the list as the man British wives would most like to ditch their husbands for. The 44 year old Australian heart throb, who is nominated in the best actor category at this years Oscars for his part as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, was voted number one in the poll of over 3000 members of the UK’s leading married dating site IllicitEncounters.com.
Hugh, who has starred in a string of Hollywood blockbusters scored a massive 48% of the female vote making the Les Mis star the most popular with the British ladies. Fellow nominee Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for his role in Silver Linings Playbook came in second with 29% of the female vote. Star of the movie Flight Denzel Washington came in third with 16%.
Daniel Day-Lewis who is on course to win his third Oscar and recently took home best actor at the Baftas for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg epic Lincoln only managed 4th place (4%) on the sexy actor poll. Narrowly beating Joaquin Phoenix (3%) who is nominated for his lead role in The Master.
Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com Rosie Freeman-Jones said: “Hugh Jackman has been described as the nicest guy in Hollywood, along with having striking good looks. One of our members described him as having a ‘heart melting smile‘, In addition to being a Hollywood heart throb he is also an accomplished musical theatre actor and humanitarian. Men would do well to emulate his attitude and his style which is both smart and yet ruggedly handsome at the same time. Meanwhile, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain all have sophisticated styles that appeal to intelligent men and make them icons for women.”
The men voted Naomi Watts who played real-life tsunami survivor Maria Belon in The Impossible as their top choice for a night of extra-marital passion with 41% of the vote. Whilst Bradley Cooper’s co-star Jennifer Lawrence came in a close second with 37%.  Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain garnered 21% of the votes and Amour actress Emmanuelle Riva who at 85 became the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar came in 4th with 1% of the male vote.
The Academy Awards (The Oscars) will be held on the 24th of February at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles

The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 750,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Mike Taylor:

Email: Mike@illicitencounters.co.uk

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Neglected Spouses Ditch Their Partners On Valentine’s Day For An Affair

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Married people in Sussex have topped the list of the people most likely to ditch their spouses on Valentine’s day. The study done by the UK’s leading married dating site IllicitEncounters.comfound that the residents of Sussex were over 3 times more likely to spend Valentine’s day with their extra-marital lover or mistress than their husband or wife.

The study into Valentine’s day romance also discovered that having been disappointed or overlooked during previous Valentine’s days and anniversaries, dissatisfied married people are pre-emptively signing up to look for a new lover for February 14th rather than just waiting to be disappointed again.

The weekend before Valentine’s day saw a large increase in traffic visiting the site and thousands of new members joining the site looking for a date on Valentine’s day after it apparently became clear that a romantic meal or weekend away was not going to happen.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com Rosie Freeman-Jones said: “Every year we see a surge in the rate of signups shortly after Valentine’s day, however this year we are seeing people who are joining in advance to try and find someone they can spend a romantic night with, rather than just waiting to be let down again as they have in the past. This has been a hot topic on ourletters page with members writing about their plans over the romantic day one member Joshua wrote in to say that he is ‘not going to allow this year’s Valentine’s Day be another miserable reminder of what is and what once was’ and that he is going to proactively look for a date this year. This has gained a lot of sympathy, as well as offers of dates, from other members who have commented on the letter and are in a similar situation.”

The counties containing the married couples least likely to stray from their partner on Valentine’s day are Hampshire, Devon, Cardiff and Bristol, these couples are the most likely to spend the night with their other half and delay seeing their bit on the side until after Valentine’s day.

Rosie added “This should be a cautionary tale to those people who have taken their other halves for granted, that they could be actively looking for romance elsewhere! Also it should offer some comfort to people that if the romance has gone from their relationship, they are not alone in that situation.”

The study also revealed that both men and women where likely to spend almost twice as much on gifts for their secret tryst than their husband or wife, with popular gifts being perfume, trips abroad, champagne or high end electronic goods as offerings to help seduce a new lover.

Full list:

Top 5 Most likely to spend Valentine’s with Lover Top 5 Most likely to spend it with Husband/Wife
1. Sussex 1. Hampshire
2. Lancashire 2. Bristol
3. Surrey 3. Devon
4. Somerset 4. Cardiff
5. Manchester 5. Gloucestershire

The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 750,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For Interviews, further comments, case-studies or more information contact Mike Taylor:

Email: Mike@illicitencounters.co.uk

Mobile: 07824 357512

Office: 020 8819 9936

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Is It Time For A More Progressive Pope?

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In an announcement today the Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI would resign as head of the Catholic Church at the end of this month. Pope Benedict XVI took charge of the Catholic Church during difficult times but has stood stedfast with his hard line defence of fundamental Christian values in the face of what he had described as moral decline across much of Europe. Despite this hardline approach and unwavering conservatism during his papacy Catholics have become the most adulterous religious group in the England and Wales according to research conducted by the UK’s leading marital dating site IllicitEncounters.com

The number of Catholics actively looking for affairs according to the research done by IllicitEncounters.com was almost twice that of other religious groups. The study showed that 21.5% of the 750,000 members on the extra-marital dating site were Catholic, a shockingly high figure since Roman Catholics make up just 10% of the UK population (YouGov & Cambridge University figures).

A Vatican spokesman said that Pope Benedict XVI has taken the decision to retire “aware of great problems the Church faces today”. One of which will undoubtedly be the continuing liberal moral shift, which during the 1960’s had driven him to become a theological conservative, taking uncompromising positions on homosexuality, adultery, women priests and contraception.

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com Rosie Freeman-Jones says: “Catholics under Pope Benedict XVI have had a very conservative and uncompromising head of Church, this has had the effect of instilling a sanctity of marriage amongst a generation who are more liberal, leading to a trade off if they become unhappy in the relationship, staying married but having extra-marital affairs.”

It is unclear who will take the papacy after Benedict XVI but a progressive and liberal Pope maybe able to help reunite the Church and curb the falling numbers of Catholics. As it is clear people are becoming more likely to seek a relationship outside of marriage despite religious condemnation.

Religion Illicit Encounters Members England and Wales Public Infidelity Index
Catholic 21.5% 10% 2.15
Presbyterian 1.5% 1% 1.5
Islam 1.5% 1% 1.5
Hindu 0.5% 0.5% 1
Buddhist 0.5% 0.5% 1
No Religion 40% 40% 1
Church of England&Anglican 33% 40% 0.8
Jewish 0.5% 1% 0.5
Methodist 1% 3% 0.3
Adventist 0% 0%

The UK’s Leading married dating website IllicitEncounters.com

IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 750,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Mike Taylor:

Email: Mike@illicitencounters.co.uk

Mobile: 07824 357512

Office: 020 8819 9936

Twitter: @illicitmike

Benedict XIV: Encyclical Inter omnigenas; Feb. 2, 1743; M 14.

* These statistics are based on the 2011 census and compiled by YouGov in collaboration with Cambridge University. .