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BUSINESS NEWS - UK - More than half of workers would quit job because of their commute

Posted 2nd December 2021 • Written by •

More than half, or 54%, of workers in the UK would quit their job because of their commute, according to a new report from Totaljobs.

The study of more than 2,000 showed that over 70% of workers have seen their employer mandate a return to the physical workplace. While 49% of UK workers looked 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 reassessed their priorities, the study stated.

Among age groups, 70% of both Gen Z and Millennials across the UK said they are prepared to quit if their commute cannot not fit their lifestyles.

Meanwhile, 76% of workers in London would quit a job because of their commute.

The duration of a commute was the top reason for many workers wanting 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%).

The findings suggest 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 were found to be especially uncomfortable with this as 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 interest in a new job as 34% of UK workers would ‘very likely’ turn down a job offer if the commute clashed with their needs.

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