No one likes commuting; it’s stressful, time consuming and overcrowded. Luckily for men, commute times have fallen over the last six year. But for women, the daily commute has increased.
The TUC published official figures to mark Commute Smart Week, organised by Work Wise UK showing the shift in trends for the nation’s commuters.
The figures show that the average commuting employee spends 52.8 minutes per day travelling to and from work.
This amounts to four hours and 24 minutes per week for a full time employee or more than five weeks a year for an employee per day working 44 weeks a year.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “With rising transport costs far outstripping pay rises, reducing the number of peak-time commutes would save both time and money for hard-pressed workers.”
The figures reveal that commute times vary significantly across the UK with Londoners having an average 75 minute commute whilst those in Wales have the shortest at just 41.4 minutes.
There is also a huge shift in commute times between the sexes. Men tend to spend longer than women travelling to work and back but their average travel to work has fallen by 0.2 minutes a day to 58 minutes in the last six years.
The average commute time for women, however, has increased by 0.6 minutes to 47.4 minutes over the same time.
“Recent trends suggest there is a link between long commute times and longer hours in the office, with the growing number of men in part-time work having shorter journeys to work,” Mr Barber continued.
“This trend is concerning if it means part-time workers and those needing to balance work with caring responsibilities are being excluded from certain types of jobs.”
The cost of commuting is steadily rising for workers and many are concerned about the annual rail and bus fare hike in January.