Britons move closer to workplace as unpaid overtime soars

Men are most likely to say the most essential factor in choosing a new home is how easily they can get to work with more than two thirds (68%) stating this is the most important aspect compared to just over half (54%) of women.

The UK has the longest working hours in Europe and the number of people working extreme levels of unpaid overtime soared to almost 900,000 last year.* The long working hours culture is now influencing how many people make the decision of where to buy or rent a home. A recent report by the CBI** suggested that radical changes to the way staff work and commute are needed to avoid future gridlock on the roads.

Rosemary Rogers, Director, reallymoving.com comments:

“While we have spent the last decade suffering a long daily commute for the chance of rest and relaxation at the weekends, now, as the knock-on effects of the recession hit, Britons are working harder than ever and moving closer to the workplace. The UK has the longest working hours in Europe and being able to get to their work place easily is increasingly becoming a priority for the nation’s home movers. 

“Investment in transport links across the UK is improving resulting in easier and quicker journeys to work. Our research shows that this is the most important factor for home movers and those locations with good public transport links are likely to become progressively more popular.” 

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