Remote working increases as the cost of commuting soars by 52 per cent
New research by global workplace provider Regus has found that Aussie professionals are now spending over $3,000 per annum to get to work - a 52 per cent or $1,039 increase from just five years ago. What’s more, it’s taking longer – up by 24-hours over the same time period – with workers now spending 241 hours per annum to get to work.
By contrast salaries have only increased by 14 per cent over the same period.
These findings are from a recent survey that polled 1,194 Aussie professionals, with commuting cost burdens represented as a percentage of average full-time Australian salaries in 2010 and 2015 .
Not surprisingly, the survey also indicates that work practices are evolving to account for this significant increase in the cost and time of commuting to work, with 79 per cent of senior management in Australia now supporting remote working and 68 per cent of businesses reporting that they are increasingly needing to offer remote working opportunities to retain and develop talent.
When put into perspective, this additional $1,039 cost burden could:
- Buy your daily coffee for 59 weeks; based upon a five-day working week
- Purchase five months’ worth of daily work lunches; assuming you would pay $10 per day
- Cover 13-months’ gym membership, based upon a current monthly average of $77 
- Buy your Netflix subscription for the next 115 weeks
- Cover 148 visits to a GP with a co-payment of $7
CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said, as the typical Australian commute becomes a further drain on the pockets and time of Aussie workers, it’s no surprise that business mind-sets are shifting into more efficient practises.
“Work is no longer a matter of where you go, but what you do, and it’s refreshing to see so many businesses realign their policies to ease the burden on employees. Reducing the commuting burden not only offers workers’ a better work:life balance, but businesses are increasingly realising the benefits this has on productivity as a whole. Just think of what could be achieved during the 241 hours a year employees are spending just getting to and from the office.
“Furthermore, as remote working becomes the norm, a growing number of remote working tools and applications are helping with this transition. Thanks to tools such as Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat and Google Hangouts, workers can stay in touch with their colleagues, desktops and servers wherever they choose to work. In fact our latest survey revealed 90 per cent of workers use at least one instant messaging tool a month,” said Mr Migliorini.
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,300 business centres in 850 cities and 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au