• Survey: Accounting Is The Least Romantic Profession

    By | February 15, 2013

    Fitting survey results coming out of Vault yesterday:

    Accounting isn’t known as a particularly sexy industry. And perhaps underscoring this lack of sex appeal, accounting was found to be the industry with the fewest office romances, according to results of Vault’s 2013 Office Romance Survey. 

    In fact, only 36 percent of accountants who took the survey reported having had a tryst with a coworker. Compare that to the industries with the most office romances: energy (75 percent say they’ve had an office romance), insurance (72 percent), retail (70 percent), and healthcare (63 percent). Overall, 56 percent of all employees across all industries say they’ve had an office romance. 

    Of the 36 percent accountants to which busy season takes on a new meaning, 15 percent say they’ve randomly hooked up with a coworker, 12 percent say they’ve had a casual fling, 9 percent say they've had a long-term relationship with a coworker, and 6 percent say they met their spouse at work (3 percent ticked the “other” column).

    "Other" column equals awkward coworker threesome?

    Anyhoo, Vault's Derek Loosvelt wonders out loud if company policies within the profession are the – ahem – barrier to entry keeping accountants from hooking up.

    Or maybe not? One respondent told Vault "As long as the one party isn’t a direct superior or performs performance evaluations of the other, it’s okay. It’s practically encouraged."

    Full results of the survey are here. We're happy to report 0% of GC HQ monkeys have engaged in an inter-office romance, at least with each other. No offense to Colin but I'd rather hook up with Rita Crundwell's horse.

    • $43517978

      Is that a young BoMo in the picture?

    • Harold 1

      Ryan M still gets a lot of action!! Disagree with article

    • June

      This describes a completely different and opposite environment from the mid sized Chicago tax firm I once worked at. There were inter-office relationships and affairs everywhere. At times it felt like an episode of The Real World–but with a less attractive cast.

    • The Horniest Partner

      Does it count as office romance if I order an escort once a month from my work computer?

      • chris abdumutalib

        why yes it does mate

    • PwCASSociate

      Perhaps the remaining 64% were too busy getting it on with a coworker to waste their time with a Vault survey? Interoffice dating at the Big 4 is pretty much one of the rites of initiation.

    • EY Staff

      This is perhaps one of the most ridiculous surveys i’ve ever came across. Profession can’t be romantic. People are. So if you say accountants are the least romantic professionals it would at least make sense though it’s bullcrap to me. I’ve seen a flower seller spitting on the street, swearing words, and i’ve seen an accountant putting chocolate on everyone’s desk on Valentine’s day. Stop this stereotype, people!

    • Big Daddy

      Met my second wife in the firm, still married 10 years later, still in the firm also. many colleagues have also married from the raw material in the firm also.