There has been a sharp rise in the number of consruction sector workers seeking secret liaisons, according to a website that arranges such meetings.
Dating website IllicitEncounters.com said workers in the construction sector have flocked to it since the credit crunch hit.
Figures show that the website grew by 45% in the year to the end of February this year.
But those registered as working in ‘construction’ have seen numbers soar by 81%, and those working in ‘engineering’ by 69%.
Of the men registered with the website, 9.6% list themselves as working in ‘engineering’, the second largest sector, after ‘self employed’ at 17%, and just above ‘management’ at 9.5%.
Those working in ‘construction’ formed the sixth largest grouping, with 2.7% of men registered.
Site spokeswoman Sara Hartley said: “Many professionals who were badly effected by the economic crisis seem to have sought comfort in our site. At times like these one would expect that married men would seek comfort from those who are familiar to them, but, on the contrary, they are intent on pursuing something new and exciting”.
“There is also a possibility that many of those working in construction have had their projects cancelled due to lack of funds, and simply have a lot more time on their hands. Late last year we saw an influx of bored bankers from the cities for similar reasons. I guess we are one of the few companies that has benefited from the recession.”
“There has never been a higher demand for our service,” she said. “It is clear that marriages in the UK are struggling under the weight of the global downturn.”