More Jobseekers are accepting longer travel time to work than employers believe.

Figures just released show that contrary to a commonly held belief from employers the median average jobseeker is currently travelling 45 minutes to work and happy to travel up to 67 minutes to their ideal work place.

The just released MACRO Recruitment survey results cover a six week survey period starting on the 1st August 2008 and surveyed 1187 engineering, IT and scientific jobseekers as part of their job application. The survey asked respondents to answer: “How long does/did it take them to get to work each day, and what is the maximum amount of travel time they would be happy to take to get to your ideal job each day?” The results are used by MACRO to educate their employers on how to attract and retain their staff in the current economic conditions.

Even in this candidate short marketplace many employers have indicated that they wished their new employees live no more than 30 minutes drive from their place of employment. A significant number of hiring managers consider that any longer than 30 minutes travel time would result in the staff person finding a role closer to their home and resigning. This is especially prevalent for employers wishing to fill vacancies with salaries less than $65,000.

   How long does it take job seekers to get to work?

This survey shows that the median time taken for the surveyed employees to travel to work was 47 minutes and that they were happy to travel almost an extra 20 minutes for their ideal job (median was 67 minutes ). Jobseekers were also asked how they travelled to their last place of employment and how much it cost them per week to travel to and from work.

The results showed that 55% of jobseekers are choosing to drive to work even in this climate of high petrol prices.

The median cost for getting to work each week was $57.07. For those that opted to drive this figure only represented the fuel costs and not the additional costs of wear and tear on a vehicle. Surveyed jobseekers that chose to travel by car did so primarily based on convenience, reliability, being cheaper than catching public transport from outer metro suburbs and time savings.

  How job seekers get to work

Those jobseekers living past outer metro suburbs (more than 50 km from CBD) were most likely to use a combination of train and car due to petrol costs and being able to get to work on time. Jobseekers chose this as it meant more morning sleep time and being able to avoid traffic jams.

From the 19% of surveyed jobseekers that did select public transport as their mode of transport to travel to work, the majority of these respondents lived within 10 km of the CBD. These jobseekers did so based primarily on it being the cheaper and more convenient option, lack of parking or having no car. A small number of respondents commented on public transport being better for the environment.