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Dream job not worth long commute, say UK employees

Matt McAllister

Nearly half (45%) of UK employees would not commute for more than 30 minutes for their dream job, according to new research from Monster.co.uk

The majority (79%) of the 878 employees who took part in the poll said they would not travel beyond 60 minutes for any job, while 13% stated they would be unwilling to commute beyond 15 minutes.

Transport costs and the impact on work-life balance are the main reasons for this reluctance to endure long commutes, said David Henry, Monster’s vice-president of marketing UK and Ireland.

“The main factors driving the reluctance of job applicants to commute are limited access to transport and rising public transport costs. This, along with a shortage of time due to other commitments, form a major barrier for job applicants in their search for their dream job,” he said.

The majority (79%) of the 878 employees who took part in the poll said they would not travel beyond 60 minutes for any job, while 13% stated they would be unwilling to commute beyond 15 minutes.

However, 12% of respondents did say they would be happy to commute for over 90 minutes for the right role, while 9% said they would commute up to 90 minutes.

“It is disheartening that the prospect of a long commute is discouraging many from pursuing their ideal job,” said Michael Gentle, head of consumer marketing at Monster.co.uk. “If you find a role that ticks all the right boxes but isn’t local, there are ways you can make it easier for yourself.  Long commutes are not always to be dreaded.  Schemes like flexible working, season ticket loans and carpooling all make them more financially viable.”

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