Australians won't take a job offer if the daily commute is a grind

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Australians dislike commuting so much that they will reject a good job offer if it means lengthy travel each day.

A global Linkedin survey has found that commute times are a major factor in whether potential employees apply and accept roles.

More than half (58%) the Australians surveyed said they were not likely to consider a longer commute for the right job, and 71% agree that having a short commute is very important.

The research indicates companies need to be offer some form of compensation for the travel inconvenience.

Professionals are willing to take a longer commute in exchange for a 20% pay increase (42%), a promotion/title lift (31%) or if commuting costs are covered by the company (32%).

Key points from the survey:

  • 71% of Australians agree that having a short commute is very important
  • Only half (54%) of Australians are happy with their commute to work
  • More than half (60%) of Australians don’t like wasting time commuting
  • 61% of Australians surveyed experience a commute time of more than 30 minutes
  • 58% are not likely to consider a longer commute for the right job

The location of a job also has a prestige factor. A quarter (24%) would consider changing jobs to work in a more prestigious or desirable location.

And the physical benefits of a short commute are desirable. One four (24%) would prefer a shorter commute so they aren’t tired at work, and believe that a shorter commute makes them more productive.

Another 65% want a shorter commute so they can spend more time with the family and 53% of want a shorter commute to get more exercise time in.

LinkedIn surveyed 5,500 people globally, 540 of them in Australia.

Australians spend on average $220 a month on public transport.

And Australia is among the world’s most expensive for commuting. The most expensive cities for getting too and from work are in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

Next to housing, transportation is one of the largest recurring expenses people face.

London is the most expensive commute in the world. Sydney comes in fourth and Melbourne seventh.

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