70 per cent of UK workers lose up to 16 days a year travelling to and from work
Fewer than one in seven employees can walk to their workplace, with 70 per cent of commuters losing up to 16 days a year travelling to and from the office.
Two out of five people spend around two hours a day in the car or on the bus or train getting into work and home again.
And the majority take no pleasure in their journeys, found the survey of 1,200 workers by recruitment website CV-Library.
Two thirds would be willing to relocate to make their commute shorter while 57.3 per cent would turn down a job that required a longer commute
Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library, said: “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.
Two thirds of workers said they would like to relocate their jobs to make their commute shorter
“That said it’s alarming to learn that many professionals could be losing days, even weeks, each year to their commute.”
The study also found that almost half (47.1 per cent) 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 per cent), read (11.1 per cent), use the time to learn new things (6.1 per cent), work (5.4 per cent) and catch-up with friends (3.8 per cent).
11.1 per cent of commuters prefer to use their journey time reading
It’s alarming to learn that many professionals could be losing days, even weeks, each year to their commute.
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Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library
Mr Biggins added: “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?
“It’s clear from the data that UK professionals would like shorter commutes, but this is not always possible or practical.
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“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.”
57.3 per cent of UK workers said they would turn down a job that required a longer commute
The survey also explored how professionals travel to work, with the majority saying they drive in (49.8 per cent).
After this, 15.1 per cent get the bus, 14.3 per cent walk and a further one in 10 catch the train.