I recently conducted a Poll to try and ascertain how far people are willing to travel to work. This was because on that day I met with a contractor who said that even one day’s travel every other week to an office that was 80 miles away was too much. The other nine days of those two weeks would have been at an office only a few miles from their home. Perhaps I am naïve to this level of inflexibility as I assume (probably wrongly) that contractors are willing to travel (even one day every two weeks). After all, contactors do generally get paid a higher rate than their counterpart permanant employees and in return I thought contractors offered flexibility to earn this rate.
The poll indicated that a majority of people (40%) would stay near to the location of the role. Therefore they may have a long journey at the start and end of the week but there is minimal travel in between. 32% said they would travel up to 50 miles to work which seems a reasonable distance to travel as part of a daily routine. I was completely surprised that not one person voted for working from home with some travel. Is this not the ideal? Or do we like being in the office and interacting with our fellow counterparts in person?
There are other factors that come in to play here too – length of journey can be split in time versus distance. In Yorkshire it may take an hour to travel 50 miles but in central London it may take an hour to travel just two!
What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel that travel within a role is the norm or would you only look for options that provide you with 100% of your time closer to home? I completely understand that everyone is different and has different priorities – whether they are contractors or permanent employees - but I am keen to hear your opinion.
How far are you willing to go?
Natalie Fennell is the Financial Services Account Manager at BrightPool.