We recently commissioned research to find out the reasons for
the digital skills shortage in parts of the UK, and the study
revealed interesting statistics about the length of journey
employees find acceptable when applying for a new job.
Our research shows that half of job seekers wouldn't consider a
job which would involve a commute of more than 60 minutes.
Approximately half of those surveyed would be happy to spend up
to 60 minutes getting to work, whether that be via their own
transport or by public transport, but wouldn't apply for a job that
would involve a longer commute.
Only 9% of those in the survey said they would commute to work
if it took an hour and a half or more.
Candidates willing to relocate for a position open up their job
search to bigger and often better opportunities to develop their
On the other hand, many people don't necessarily lose out by
having a longer commute in the mornings, if travelling to work via
train for example; it can be an opportunity to get ahead on the
day's tasks. It is really important to consider both the advantages
and disadvantages of a longer commute to and from work and it's
affect on your family life, social life and the time you have to
From a company's perspective, meanwhile, offering attractive
relocation packages to potential candidates will increase the
likelihood of a better hire for a business as it opens up the
position to a greater amount of job seekers, whilst being a magnet
for those wanting to cut down their commute.
Read the full report here.