Xero poll sees Britons plumping for accountants over personal trainers for romance
Integrity: few people would have thought that dating accountants would make for an interesting date. Xero’s survey has proved the detractors wrong with trustworthiness a positive trait. Image by Bobex-73 (via Shutterstock).
The geek image of Chartered Accountants has been quashed thanks to a survey by Xero, one of the world’s leading accountancy firms. Out of 1,001 participants, the honesty, intelligence and sartorial tastes of accountants and bookkeepers were rated highly.
In their poll, they came fourth, behind doctors, emergency service employees, and artists. Personal trainers came fifth, above tradespeople and car salespeople, in their poll of Most Dateable Professions. With accountants and their profession associated with number crunching, some people think we are all nerds.
We at Peach Wilkinson are happy to find we can be fun loving and intelligent people. As soon as we leave the desk, we don’t all stare at numbers or spend Friday night with Killer Sudoku puzzles. Some accountants might fancy a pint or three. Especially in Sheffield with the joys of Kelham Island, Bradfield, and Thornbridge breweries on our doorstep.
On St. Valentine’s Day, you could trust us to settle the restaurant bill fairly, including a tip for the waiting staff. We could find the cheapest and best dozen of red roses without picking a few from Norfolk Park. As for wardrobe malfunctions, we don’t go there: we dress in the daytime and buy our best clothes well in advance of the 14th of February.
The multifaceted nature of today’s accountancy firms vary from the usual stereotypes. According to Paul Bulpitt, the Head of Accounting at Xero and its Co-Founder, “Accountants and bookkeepers of today have diverse careers and are often playing the role of business advisors to small businesses.”