New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library has found that over two thirds of the nation’s workers (69.1 percent) are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with over a third (38.6 percent) of professionals commuting for up to two hours a day.
The survey of 1,200 workers sought to explore how professionals feel about their commute, and whether they are using it to their advantage. Some of the top-line findings include: Over three quarters (79.9 percent) of workers commute to work five days a week; 62.9 percent of professionals say that they enjoy their commute. But, two thirds (66.2 percent) would be willing to relocate to make their commute shorter, and 57.3 percent would turn down a job that required a longer commute. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “Unfortunately, commuting is often part of the job, especially for those living in bigger cities where inner-city housing can be expensive or in short supply. That said it’s alarming to learn that many professionals could be losing days, even weeks, each year to their commute, but at least some do appear to be enjoying it!”
The study also found that almost half (47.1 percent) of workers would like to use their commuting time more wisely. When asked what they currently do on their commute, respondents cited that they listen to music (33 percent), read (11.1 percent), use the time to learn new things (6.1 percent), work (5.4 percent) and catch-up with friends (3.8 percent). Biggins continues: “While it’s good to see that many use this time to do recreational activities instead of overworking themselves, it’s clear that many wish they could make better use of this time. However, this could prove difficult for the majority who are stuck behind the wheel during their journey. Working during long commutes, or doing nothing if you’re unable to, brings about the discussion of work-life balance – are professionals losing too much of their free time travelling to and from work?”
Finally, the survey also explored how professionals travel to work, with the majority saying they drive in (49.8 percent). After this, 15.1 percent get the bus, 14.3 percent walk and a further one in 10 (10.8 percent) get the train. Though 20.3 percent said they don’t have to do this every day. Biggins concludes: “It’s clear from the data that UK professionals would like shorter commutes, but this is not always possible or practical. If your commute is taking up a large part of your day, use this time to do things you enjoy, and even to improve your skills or learn something new. With so many apps and new technologies available it’s possible to read, watch TV, or learn another language from pretty much anywhere!”