IT workers are more likely to try something new to eat on their lunch breaks than accountants, lawyers and bankers, new research has revealed.

The figures come at a time when office workers are reclaiming their breaks and no longer feeling guilty about taking their full lunch entitlement.

A survey carried out by Colmore Business District (CBD) identified that 100% of IT professionals surveyed were either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to try something new to eat on their lunch breaks, compared with three quarters (75%) of those working in accountancy and 70% in law. Over 40% of those working in banking said they were ‘unlikely’ to try something new at all, while everyone working in hospitality responded saying they were ‘very likely’ to go for a different dish on their break.

The survey coincides with this year’s Colmore Food Festival, which brings together the wide variety of food and drink venues in the district, and takes place in Birmingham’s Victoria Square this Friday and Saturday (3rd & 4th July).

The research also revealed that almost three quarters (73%) of the 157 professionals surveyed don’t feel guilty about taking their full lunch break entitlement, with 44% of CBD workers taking between 40 and 60 minutes out of their working day. This shows a significant shift in attitude towards the work lunch, as similar research carried out by CBD in 2012 revealed that guilt-ridden workers were giving their bosses an additional 16 days of work each year by not taking their full hour break.

Michele Wilby, Executive Director at Colmore Business District, said: “It’s fascinating to see the district’s IT workers are the most adventurous at lunchtime. I didn’t expect them to be braver than our property professionals, who were surprisingly close behind with 91% saying they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to try something new, let alone our hungry legal and financial crowd. We have a thriving tech scene in the city and as new technologies develop, IT workers are constantly keeping up-to-date and changing the way they work. I think this is reflected in these results, they aren’t dealing with the same thing everyday and so they don’t want to eat the same food everyday.

“It’s also fantastic to see that workers have gone from feeling too guilty to take a lunch break at the height of the recession, to now taking their full break entitlement. It shows they are feeling more secure in their jobs and also in striking that work-life balance, and getting out of the office to refuel and relax. In fact, only two of the people we surveyed said that they didn’t ever take a lunch break.”