Northern Ireland office girls tending to dine al desko

New research has shown that Northern Ireland men are more likely to take advantage of full lunch breaks than women.

The statistics by Lyons Coffee reveals that half the people of Belfast take to having a coffee break when they feel the need to gather their thoughts, which was the second highest percentage for UK cities.

However, it was also shown that Belfast citizens are more careful with their cash, with 83 per cent having cut back on |buying high street coffee during the recession.

“The present credit crunch has made people cut back on extras such as takeaway coffees,” said psychologist Donna Dawson.

“And it has also made the office a much more competitive place — with money tight and people afraid to lose their jobs, workers want to be seen to be prudent and company-loyal by cutting their lunch hour and breaks to a minimum.”

It has been discovered that 50 per cent of the UK take less than half and hour on average for lunch and that one in three people don't want to leave the office in order to show commitment.

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