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DREAM CAREER NOT WORTH LONG COMMUTE, SAY WORKERS

DREAM CAREER NOT WORTH LONG COMMUTE, SAY WORKERS

NEARLY HALF (45 PER CENT) OF UK WORKERS QUESTIONED WOULDN’T COMMUTE MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR FOR THEIR DREAM JOB

There is a limit to the lengths workers will go to for their dream career, according to new research* from Monster.co.uk, and excessive time travelling to and from work is a definite no-no. Far from revealing a nation of & lsquo;super-commuters’, the Monster survey of UK employees reveals that nearly half (45 per cent) of respondents would not commute more than 30 minutes, even for their dream job.

With only 9 per cent of respondents saying they would commute a manageable 90 minutes, the findings suggest that in light of the recent austere times, the rising cost of travel and impact on work-life balance is too much for many.  Worryingly, the findings indicate that this could be holding them back from chasing their dreams.   

It is promising to see there are still some workers who are not prepared to give up on their aspirations just yet.  A number (12 per cent) of & lsquo;super-commuters’ say they would be prepared to travel over 90 minutes for their dream job. Their attitude mirrors that of high profile commuter Susanna Reid, who travels from her home in London to the BBC Breakfast studios in Salford, three days a week.

Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster.co.uk comments: “It is disheartening that the prospect of a long commute is discouraging many from pursuing their ideal job.  If you find a role that ticks all the right boxes but isn’t local, there are ways you can make it easier for yourself.  Long commutes are not always to be dreaded.  Schemes like flexible working, season ticket loans and carpooling all make them more financially viable so don’t let journey time stand in the way of better prospects.”

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