Press Release September 2010: Half Of Brits Blame Their Job For A Past Relationship Breakdown

New research from the UK's only dedicated recruitment agency review website has revealed that at least half of Brits blame their job for a past relationship breakdown, with a further 11% of these admitting that they have ended a relationship due to a work-related affair.

New research has revealed that at least half of Brits have cited work commitments for a previous relationship breakdown. The research was conducted by the UK's only dedicated recruitment agency review site, in order to find out more about the effects work can have on relationships.
The research was conducted by to investigate the ways in which working life impacts on the private lives of Brits. Subsequently, 1,456 members of the British public were polled and asked the question "has your relationship breakdown ever been a result of either yours or your partner's job?" 53% answered yes, whilst 31% said no and the remaining respondents were unsure.

When asked those who claimed work had been the cause of a break-up in the past, what exactly the main reason was, 9% said that infidelity within the workplace was the main reason, with 56% of these admitting that they had been cheated on whilst the other 44% confessed that they were the ones who had been unfaithful with a colleague or client.

37% admitted that the time spent in the office or at work was the main reason their relationship ended, with a third of these saying that they felt their partner spent more time at work than home or vice versa. A further 28% of those polled by said that the time spent by their other half working from home was the greatest reason for their break-up, or vice versa.

Of the respondents that said previous relationships had ended due to work issues, the following five issues were cited as the main reasons, according to the study by;

    1. Time spent in the office - 37%
    2. Time spent working from home - 28%
    3. Talking too much about work - 18%
    4. Infidelity in the workplace - 9%
    5. Other - 8%

Lisette Howlett, managing director of, commented on the findings;

"It comes as no surprise that your work life can have such a huge impact on your personal life. For many Brits, 37.5 hours is the minimal amount of time that will be spent in the office in any given week, not factoring in any over time that might need to be done."

She continued;

"Whilst it is no bad thing to be focused on your career, it is worth remembering to spend just as much time investing in your personal life. At we encourage the right balance of work and play, because ultimately if you're happy in one aspect of your life it will have a positive effect on other areas."