9 out of 10 commuters want to quit their job to work closer to home in the Home Counties


According to our recent survey of commuters from the Home Counties into London, over 92% said that they would quit their job to work closer to home. This staggeringly high percentage is likely to be of no surprise to 1000s of London-bound commuters whose experience of daily stress, frequent train delays and perpetual fare rises is shared across social media each day. Our survey found that the high financial cost of commuting is the number one frustration amongst commuters (84%). This was followed by delays and overcrowding, cited by 70% and 64% respectively. A massive 77% said that they were.... More...


UK workers are stressed, overworked and struggling to make ends meet


‘Labour Market Realities 2019: Insecurity, Stress & Brexit’, a new report from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) highlights some worrying facts about the state of British workers. In its latest workers confidence survey, CLASS found that over a third of workers are struggling to keep up with the basic cost of living. This increases to almost half for those living in London. The report also found that nearly 60 per cent of workers find their job stressful and nearly half have noted an increase in their workload over the past 12 months. The report goes on.... More...


Blue Monday, Massive Monday, Career-Crossroads Day - yes, it's January


Hot on the heels of Massive Monday and Career-Crossroads Day comes Blue Monday, an annual trend that labels the third Monday in January as the ‘most depressing’ day of the year. Massive Monday, the first Monday after New Year’s Day, has long been recognised in the recruitment world as the day when many people kick off their search for a new job. This is closely followed by Career-Crossroads Day which bookends the Massive Monday week, this year falling on 11th and 7th January respectively. According to research by Arden University, almost half (46%) of the UK's .... More...


Commuters 'priced off' trains as rail fare hikes hit a five-year high


Passenger groups, commuters and unions hold demos at train stations against another inflation-busting year for fare rises. While average fare increases were 3.4%, season ticket rises were a staggering 3.6%, well above the current inflation rate and represent the biggest rise for five years. Taken together with stagnant growth in wages, commuters across the country face a less than happy start to their new year. With cost of commuting in the UK among the highest in Europe, campaigners warned that people were being 'priced off' railways. For many, driving to work is becoming a more economical op.... More...


Rail fare rises to push more people in to the '5K commute club'


Rail fares in the UK are expected to go up by an average of 3.4% from January 2018. This represents the biggest rise for five years and will push more passengers into the '£5K commuter club' - those paying at least £5K for their annual season ticket.   This will mean more towns and cities in the Home Counties will join the ever growing club for those commuting into London. Towns such as Colchester, Oxford and Hastings will join the club that already includes Milton Keynes, Portsmouth, Southsea and many others.   The bank-breaking cost of commuting from Home Counties into .... More...


A 20 minutes increase in commute time is as bad as 19 per cent pay cut


A new study published (Oct. 2017) by the University of West of England (UWE Bristol) found that a 20 minutes increase in commute time is as bad as a 19 per cent pay cut for job satisfaction. The study shows that the resulting loss of leisure time from every additional minute spent commuting reduces job satisfaction, increases stress and has an adverse impact on mental health. The research also indicates that walking and cycling are better methods of commuting as they do not show reduction in leisure time satisfaction as other commutes. Additionally, the study reports that longer commutes red.... More...


Is London losing the battle for talent against the regions and other global cities?


Long before the Brexit vote, Londoners had been deserting the capital for the Home Counties and other parts of the UK. Last summer, the Financial Times reported that “In the year to June 2014, the latest for which data is available, 68,500 more people left the capital than moved in – an 83 per cent increase on 2009, when a net 37,500 abandoned the city”. In 2016, the number of Londoners leaving the capital reached a nine-year high with 74,000 households making the move. In fact, The Evening Standard recently reported that a staggering two-thirds of Londoners want to quit the.... More...


Commuting lowers life satisfaction, makes us unhappy and fat


According to analysis by the Office for National Statistics, commuters have lower life satisfaction, lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety than non-commuters.   This assessment is supported by previous research done by Umea University in Sweden (as reported in the Slate) that found that ‘commuting makes us fat, causes stress, makes us feel lonely and literally causes pain in the neck’. Research by the same institute also found that a commute longer than 45 minutes for just one partner in a marriage makes the coup.... More...


Train fares rise by an average of 2.3% across UK


Commuters returning to work this week face an average rise in train fares of 2.3% across the UK. Campaigners said this was 'a kick in the teeth' for passengers following months of disruptions caused by strikes. Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Today's fare rises are another kick in the teeth for long-suffering rail passengers. Many experienced a less frequent and more overcrowded service last year, and now they are required to pay more for the same this year." Having just endured a 72-hour walkout by train conductors that began on New Year's Eve, commuter.... More...