The average Brit loses 16 days a year commuting to and from work

Over two thirds of the nation’s workers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting according to new research from CV Library.

New research from CV-Library finds that more than two thirds of the nation’s workers (69.1 per cent) are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with more than a third (38.6 per cent) 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.

Top findings

Three quarters (79.9 per cent) of workers commute to work five days a week
62.9 per cent of professionals say that they enjoy their commute
BUT, two thirds (66.2 per cent) would be willing to relocate to make their commute shorter
…And 57.3 per cent 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 finds 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 cite 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).

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 explores 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 ten (10.8 per cent) get the train. Though 20.3 per cent say 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!’

Further reading on commuting to work

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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