Engineers are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work02 June 2017

New research from the UK job board, CV-Library has found that nearly three quarters of engineering professionals are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, with just over a quarter travelling as much as four hours a day (higher than any other UK sector).

The survey of 1,200 workers sought to explore how professionals feel about their commute, and whether they are using it to their advantage. Some of the top-line findings across the engineering industry include:

The majority (93.1 per cent) of engineers commute to work five days a week

Over half (59.7 per cent) say that they enjoy their commute

But, nearly two thirds (62.5 per cent) would be willing to relocate to make their commute shorter

And 58.3 per cent would turn down a job that required a longer commute

“Unfortunately, commuting is often part of the job, especially for those living in bigger cities where inner-city housing can be expensive or in short supply,” Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented. “That said it’s alarming to learn that many engineering professionals could be losing days, even weeks, each year to their commute, but at least some do appear to be enjoying it!”

The study also found that almost half (45.8 per cent) of engineers would like to use their commuting time more wisely. When asked what they currently do on their commute, respondents cited that they listen to music (33.3 per cent), read (9.7 per cent), use the time to learn new things (8.3 per cent), work (5.6 per cent) and do online shopping (2.8 per cent).

Biggins continues: “While it’s good to see that many use this time to do recreational activities instead of overworking themselves, it’s clear that many wish they could make better use of this time. However, this could prove difficult for the majority who are stuck behind the wheel during their journey. Working during long commutes, or doing nothing if you’re unable to, brings about the discussion of work-life balance - are professionals losing too much of their free time travelling to and from work?”

The survey also explored how engineering professionals travel to work, with the majority saying they drive in (75 per cent). After this, 8.3 per cent get the train, 5.6 per cent walk and 4.2 per cent get the bus. Though 6.9 per cent said they don’t have to do this every day.

Biggins concludes: “It’s clear from the data that engineering professionals would like shorter commutes, but this is not always possible or practical. If your commute is taking up a large part of your day, use this time to do things you enjoy, and even to improve your skills or learn something new. With so many apps and new technologies available it’s possible to read, watch TV, or learn another language from pretty much anywhere!”

Mark Venables

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