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One in six consider changing jobs to escape the commute

One in six people in the UK have considered changing jobs in the past year due to the stress of their journey to work, a study by Internet job site Reed.co.uk has revealed, writes Nathalie Towner.

As you would expect, people who work in London face regular problems on their way to work, with 17% reporting that they lose an hour a week due to delays on public transport.

However, workers in the capital are not the most aggrieved about their journey. The South West was revealed to be a hotbed of commuter dissatisfaction, with 18% of workers thinking of switching jobs as a direct result of transport problems. The Thames Valley, Wales, the North West and the South reported similar results, with 17% of people ready to move to escape the commute.

In all areas except London, travelling by car is the most popular method of getting to the office. In Wales 84% of the workforce travel to work by car. In the Home Counties and the Thames Valley the figure is 81%, and in East Anglia 79% use their motors.

Nearly 50% of the UK's workers feel that their journey to work is now more stressful than it was four years ago. Although men and women appear to experience similar levels of stress during the commute, the study found that the people who experience the highest levels of transport-related stress are in their forties.

People in the survey said their home lives are suffering as a result of their daily journey. Some 33% say they have less time for their family and friends than they did 12 months ago. This figure rises to 44% among Londoners.

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