Middle-aged men face longest commutes

November 15, 2013 | By | In News

New research carried out by the national Trade Union Centre (TUC) has revealed that men in their early 40s spend the longest time travelling to and from work, with 67 minutes a day set aside for the daily commute on average.

It turns out that the typical daily commute is almost five minutes longer than it was a decade ago, with people spending an average of 4.5 days a year more travelling to and from work, said the TUC.

London residents are worst off when it comes to expending precious time on the daily commute, with the average Londoner spending 84 minutes every day in the car, on the tube, on the bus or walking.

Female commuters in their late twenties face the longest commutes at an average of 54 minutes each day but results showed the times fall as women get older.

The General Secretary of the TUC, who believes that employers must do more to ensure workers aren’t spending valuable time stuck on public transport or sat in traffic, has panned businesses for not being more considerate.

Frances O’Grady told The Evening Standard: “Men from London in the early 40s spend a whopping 84 minutes on their daily commute. That’s 42 working days a year in cramped trains or traffic-choked roads.

“With the cost of commuting set to rise again in the New Year as wage-busting rail fares come into effect, businesses must do more to help staff avoid rush-hour travelling time.”

Ms O’Grady pointed out that the improvements in technology and the instillation of super-fast broadband in many areas means that many employees can easily work from home either full time or on a select amount of days per week.

 

She added: “The technology is there but employers need to change their attitudes and let go of the old-fashioned nine to five routine.”

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