Commuting at the crossroads? Totaljobs launches commute time filter
- To help people find the right job with the right commute for them, Totaljobs (part of the StepStone Group) has launched a commute time filter - so that they can find the right fit based their own commuting preferences.
- As more people return to the office, three-quarters of Londoners (76%) would quit a job because of their commute, while more than half of the rest of the UK (54%) would do the same.
- As restrictions eased, early three quarters (71%) of UK workers have seen their employer mandate a necessary return to the workplace.
- While half (49%) of UK workers are looking forward to physically returning to their workplace, 44% of Londoners and a quarter (25%) of those across the UK are willing to leave a job if they’re asked to go back.
- Youth in revolt - 70% of Gen Z and Millennials would quit if their commutes cannot not fit their lifestyle.
- Looking ahead, a third (34%) of UK workers would very likely turn down a new job offer if the commute clashed with their personal needs.
- Read our full report on How the new normal is changing our commute by visiting: https://www.totaljobs.com/advice/how-the-new-normal-is-changing-our-commute
The world of work is changing rapidly, and people’s commutes are changing with it. The severe disruption of the last two years has not just altered job markets and work routines. It is transforming our approach to those markets and our attitudes to those routines, where we work and how far we travel to get there.
The latest research from Totaljobs has shown that nowhere is this truer than in London, where attitudes towards the daily commute are reaching a nadir. Such is Londoners’ dislike of their daily commutes that now over three-quarters (76%) would be willing to quit over it. Whilst the rest of the UK doesn’t share London’s dislike of commuting to the same extent.
Totaljobs’ research shows there are still more than half (54%) of workers nationwide for whom their commute has become a resignation issue.
This attitude is particularly high among younger workers, with 70% of both Gen Z and Millennials prepared to quit if their commute cannot not fit their lifestyles.
Separate directions of travel?
While half (49%) of UK workers are looking forward to physically returning to their workplace, after months building new and more flexible work habits, it’s clear that workers across the UK have seriously reassessed their priorities. From the attitudes seen in this latest research, one of the ways people are intending to strike a better work–life balance is by reducing their overall travel time to the workplace. The duration of their commute was the top reason for many workers to make a change (38%), more than both the cost of travel (29%) and the toll on the journey takes on their mental health (36%).
Another factor at play, is that Totaljobs research has found that 1 in 5 people (19%) have relocated since the start of the pandemic, meaning a return to the workplace has taken a different form.
The good news is that many employers have already begun to adapt to the new normal, as more than half (58%) of workers have said their employers have proposed new ways of working.
However, not all employers many of can accommodate flexible ways working, and many are keen to bring their staff all together once more. Over 70% of workers have seen their employer mandate their return to the physical workplace.
While a return to the workplace is essential for many businesses, employers should consider how best to engage their staff: over a quarter of UK workers (25%) said they would quit if forced to return against their wishes. Londoners in particular are uncomfortable with this: 60% say the commute is a major obstacle to their safe return and almost half (44%) say they would quit because of it.
Commuting experiences also have a huge impact on our interest in a new job – one third (34%) of UK workers would very likely turn down a job offer if the commute clashed with their needs.
Working where you want
That’s why Totaljobs has taken steps to help take the pain out of people’s commute. With a new commute time filter, they can find the right job based on their own commuting preferences.
By entering their postcode or starting address, setting their maximum duration of commute, and how they would like to get to work – e.g., public transport, driving, cycling, or walking – people can use Totaljobs to find their dream commute.
The filter will then use those details to find best suitable jobs for them and their travel preferences. By combining this with a WFH filter, and the chances of finding the right job in the right place will be even higher.
Notes for Editors:
The research involved a survey of 2,000 UK workers between Thursday 14th and Monday 18th October 2021.
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