Time Well Spent?

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27th July 2010, 11:38am - Views: 932

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Time well spent?

One in five workers in Australia commutes more than 90 minutes every day

Sydney, July 27 2010 – Long-distance commuting is still the norm in spite of progress

in flexible working practices, finds global workplace solutions provider Regus.

In Australia 18% of commuters travel over 90 minutes every day. Globally 20% of

workers are faced with an over 90 minute daily commute. Cars are by far the most

popular form of commuter transport (64%).

William Willems, ANZ VP, Regus, comments: “Although Australian cities have been

found to have the smallest incidence of traffic build up,¹ as traffic congestion in cities

increases too many workers are still jamming the roads in the rush hour when they could

be spending their time more productively.” 

“To tackle the damaging effects of commuting on staff health and morale, savvy

businesses are introducing more flexibility in their working practices. Remote working

and flexi-time can provide a much needed break in the weekly commuting routine for

employees, and translate into office space and maintenance savings for employers.”

In Australia car use is less wide-spread (56%) than average. Other popular means of

transport are walking and taking the train with 12% and 9% of respondents respectively

choosing these means to get to work. Among the least popular means of transport in

Australia is driving a motorbike with only 2% preferring this way of traveling.

Further pain commuters are forced to face is in the cost of travel. While on average 7%

of commuters globally spend 10% or more of their salary on commuting, in Australia the



IBM, The Commuter Pain Survey, 2010

average spend for commuting is among the lowest surveyed at 2.5% of yearly salary.

Nevertheless, 14% of respondents spend 5% or over of their yearly take-home salary to

fund their commute.

Press contact

Kayleigh Ford, m: +61 404 638 222, kayleigh@bondpr.com

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