Jessica Fino 10 Nov 2017 04:34pm

A fifth of accountancy firms allow pets in the office

One fifth of accountancy firms allow employees to bring their pets to work, but employees have mixed feelings about their impact on the office

Caption: 100% of the accountants surveyed said they are dog lovers

A report by CV-Library revealed that 23% of accountancy firms around the UK allow for pets in the office.

But while almost half (46%) of women said that having a pet at work would help them relax, only 29% of their male counterparts agreed.

In fact, 40% of the men surveyed claimed pets were distracting in the workplace, compared with 30% of the women. One fifth of the men even said that having pets in the workplace was annoying.

Still, everyone surveyed claimed to be dog lovers, and 4 in 10 said pets eased stress and helped them relax throughout the day.

Despite this, 7% of firms allowing pets in the office had never received any.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library said, “With one in two households owning a pet in the UK, it’s clear to see the attraction and convenience of bringing them with you to work.”

The survey also found that 28% of British people would more likely apply for a job if they were allowed to bring their pets into the office.

Biggins argued that many businesses were therefore implementing the trend as a way to “stand out from the crowd and attract the very best recruits”.

She added that it seemed to be working. “As long as clear protocols are in place for pet ownership, it is set to have a positive benefit to employees and those around them.”

Moreover, 87% of the pets brought to offices are dogs, followed by only 5% of cats and 2% of rabbits.

London offices seems to be the most pet-friendly, with 27% of them allowing people to bring their animals, followed by South East (24%), Wales (22%) and Northern Ireland (22%).