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British employees clock up 200 hours a year commuting

The average employee spends nearly 200 hours a year commuting, according to new research.

A study by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has indicated that employees are spending the equivalent of five working weeks travelling to and from work.

Workers based in London averaged even more than this. In order to get to and from their job, workers in the capital travel for an average of 37.8 minutes per journey.

Employment journalist Cali Williams Yost has predicted that more and more employers will be utilising video conferencing services in order to reduce this depressing figures.

In an article for forbes.com, she predicted that many employees will soon be looking for working spaces away from the home where they can communicate with their employers by video.

She said: “As video technology advances and becomes less costly, it will become a main tool in the remote communication and productivity arsenal.”

“For those who already know that they don’t like to work from home, but don’t want ot have to commute a long distance every day, local co-working space will be an important feature.”

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber agreed that something would have to be done to reduce these long commute times. In an interview with HR Review, he called the daily commute “frustrating and expensive for staff and bad for business.”