London workers have the longest commute, study shows

12:51 13 November 2012

Archant

Male Londoners spend an average of one hour and 15 minutes travelling to and from work - the longest time in the country.

Daily travel time both ways in 2012

London

Men 77.2 (2006 - 79.0)

Women 72.8 (2006 - 69.8)

South East

Men 62.8 (2006 - 63.0)

Women 45.8 (2006 - 47.6)

Wales

Men 44.4 (2006 - 49.0)

Women 38.6 (2006 - 38.6)

Official figures released by the TUC today also show that men endure a longer commute than female workers.

But women’s journey times have increased to almost 73 minutes when compared to 2006, meaning they face longer travel times than commuters of either sex in any other part of the country.

Men now spend about two fewer minutes on the road than they did six years ago, with the daily commute lasting almost 78 minutes.

The study is based on an analysis of figures from the Labour Force Survey and were released to mark Commute Smart Week, which is organised by Work Wise UK.

Workers in Wales have the shortest average commute at 41.4 minutes, with male workers there also experiencing the sharpest drop - 4.6 minutes compared to 2006 - in the country.

The TUC used the figures to suggest that businesses reduce the number of peak time commutes for their staff.

General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘The average commuter spends the equivalent of more than five weeks a year just to get to work and back.

“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.

‘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.

‘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.”

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