Magazine article The Spectator

Love Works

Magazine article The Spectator

Love Works

Article excerpt

It seems that marriage and success go together as surely as love and marriage.

A new study by the Office for National Statistics suggests that married men are 33 per cent more likely to find another job after being sacked than men who are single or divorced. Given that unemployment is 2.47 million and rising, perhaps it's time to chivvy the unemployed off to church. Marriage is, according to the study, a more important determinant in getting a job than having A levels, a degree or a mortgage.

It is tempting to speculate about the reasons for this. Perhaps the prospect of staying indoors listening to the wife complain about mounting bills is enough to send even the laziest chap down to the job centre. It's more likely, though, that marriage offers people a stable foundation in life, the confidence to look for work and an incentive to earn. …

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