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Wednesday, 06 May 2015

How much is your commute hitting you in the pocket

Written by The Editorial Team

A new survey from social care recruiter Randstad Care has established social care professionals are cumulatively missing out on £10bn a year in the unpaid time it takes to get to work.

As workers are forced further out into the suburbs, and commutes grow longer, the 2 million people who work in social care take an average of 55 minutes to commute to work, travelling 36 miles each way.

The value of this lost time amounts to an average of £5,194 a year per worker, representing 25% of average annual salary.

Breaking down the average lost value of a commute by industry reveals that Financial Services professionals are most severely hit, missing out on £23,032 a year. At the other end of the spectrum, Customer Services professionals – who have some of the shortest commutes in terms of both time spent and distance covered – are missing out on £1,736.

UK
Industry

Average
commute
time (minutes)

Average
commute
distance (miles)

Lost value of commute

Commute value as % of annual salary

Financial Services

60

29

£23,032

27%

Accountancy

38

17

£14,653

17%

IT

42

22

£8,398

19%

Construction &
Property

56

27

£7,228

25%

Engineering

46

25

£6,868

20%

Transport

49

35

£6,386

22%

UK Average

43

22

£5,722

19%

SOCIAL CARE

55

36

£5,194

25%

Manufacturing

38

20

£4,805

17%

Marketing & PR

48

25

£4,347

22%

Legal

27

14

£4,308

12%

Education

37

19

£3,545

16%

Health

29

15

£2,762

13%

Secretarial &
Admin

30

9

£2,649

13%

Retail

36

21

£2,509

16%

Customer Services

25

11

£1,736

11%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Victoria Short, MD of Randstad Care, comments
: “People working in care and social worker jobs are embracing longer commutes to work, particularly as the housing crisis nudges them further out into the suburbs. 

"But there is a lost value to the time they spend snarled up in traffic. The value of time is significant – it adds up to more than £5,000 a year per person – and totals more than £10bn across the whole sector.  Some social care workers will choose a longer commute while, increasingly, others are valuing their time more highly and looking for a job closer to home. 

"For those looking for a new job, it’s becoming more important than ever to consider the value of the time it will take them to get to work, as well as the actual cost of the transport, and the new salary. Employers also need to consider the impact of location, as a lengthy daily commute can be enough to persuade workers to look elsewhere – particularly more senior members of staff.”

Work-life balance one of the keys to staff-retention

The latest Randstad Award research found that poor work-life balance is one of the top five reasons behind workers choosing to change employer – contributing to just under a quarter (22%) of job moves.

Furthermore, when looking for a new employer, a good work-life balance was cited as a top five factor for 45% of workers in 2015 – compared to 39% in 2012. And 9% of people working in social care said their new job being conveniently located was their top priority when choosing a new role.

The Award research also discovered that having a lengthy commuting time is more likely to adversely affect senior, more experienced members of staff.  In total, 21% of workers in the 45-65 age group said a too-long commute time was one of the top five factors contributing to their decision to move jobs, compared to just 16% across the UK workforce as a whole.

Victoria Short said:“It goes without saying that care workers need to be committed, patient, flexible and capable of dealing with difficult, high pressure situations. But a massive commute will challenge the best of us.”

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