Almost half of Dublin-based workers would leave the capital for shorter commuting times, according to a survey released this week by Jobs.ie.
The survey shows that almost a quarter of workers have a commute of at least an hour and that 83% of workers travel to work during peak hours, 7-9am, contributing to the long delays.
Almost half of workers (49%) now commute by public transport, but 70% of employers provide some form of parking facilities. Despite workers’ frustration with long and unpleasant commutes, and their openness to relocating to a different part of the country for a shorter commute, the large majority are not willing to take a pay cut for a shorter commute.
When ‘don’t knows’ are excluded, 72% of workers indicated that they would not accept a pay cut for a shorter commute, with most feeling that it is the employers’ responsibility to address this issue by offering more flexible options regarding when and where workers perform their duties.
36% wanted the ability to travel to work outside of peak commuting times.
When employees were asked what measures they would like to see their employer offer to make commuting less stressful, 57% said that they would like the freedom to work from home on certain days, while 36% wanted the ability to travel to work outside of peak commuting times.
Commenting on the survey, Jobs.ie General Manager, Christopher Paye said, “In recent years, many large employers looking to recruit for high skilled roles may have felt a pressure to locate operations in Dublin in order to meet their resourcing needs. Now they have evidence that workers are willing to move to experience the range of benefits that Ireland’s other cities have to offer, including shorter commutes, lower housing costs and a higher quality of life.”
He added, “With the economy reaching full employment, wages increasing and many sectors of the economy facing skills shortages. Thinking outside the box in terms of where and how you elect to run your company, could give you the edge when recruiting workers.”
Article via www.businessworld.ie