Almost two thirds of workers in Manchester are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, according to newly-released research. One in 10 spend up to four hours a day commuting into the city.

The research has been carried out by independent job board CV-Library, which set out to explore how professionals in Manchester feel about their commute and whether they are using it to their advantage.

Some of the top-line findings include:

  • More than three quarters (78.4%) of workers commute to work five days a week
  • 4% of professionals say that they enjoy their commute BUT, nearly two thirds (61.6%) would be willing to relocate to make their commute shorter
  • 9% would turn down a job that required a longer commute

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Unfortunately, commuting is often part of the job, especially for those living in bigger cities where inner-city housing can be expensive or in short supply. “That said it’s alarming to learn that many professionals in Manchester could be losing days, even weeks, each year to their commute, but at least some do appear to be enjoying it.”

The study also found that nearly half (48.3%) of workers in Manchester would like to use their commuting time more wisely. When asked what they currently do on their commute, respondents cited that they listen to music (39.4%), work (11.6%), spend the time learning new things (8.1%), read (7%) and browse social media (4.7%).

Biggins continued: “While it’s good to see that many use this time to do recreational activities instead of overworking themselves, it’s clear that many wish they could make better use of this time. “However, this could prove difficult for the majority who are stuck behind the wheel during their journey. Working during long commutes, or doing nothing if you’re unable to, brings about the discussion of work-life balance – are professionals losing too much of their free time travelling to and from work?”

The survey also explored how professionals travel to work, with the majority saying they drive in (42.5%). After this, 29.9% get the bus, 18.4% walk and 4.6% get the train. However, 21.6% said they don’t have to do this every day. Biggins concluded: “It’s clear from the data that professionals in Manchester would like shorter commutes, but this is not always possible or practical.  “If your commute is taking up a large part of your day, use this time to do things you enjoy, and even to improve your skills or learn something new. With so many apps and new technologies available it’s possible to read, watch TV, or learn another language from pretty much anywhere.”