Commute Times and the Gender Pay Gap

Commute Times and the Gender Pay Gap

Men will commute longer

Analysis by the Office for National Statistics has shown that women who commute for an hour are nearly 30 per cent more likely to leave their jobs than if they have a ten-minute commute. The ONS believes this is due to childcare commitments.

Study on Commute Times

In comparison, men are more likely to look at money as the reason for leaving their job. They are prepared to travel for longer to get higher pay. The ONS believes this contributes to men doing the higher paid work, which fuels the gender pay gap.

Commute Times and Work-life balance

Amber Rudd, Minister for Women and Equalities, has said that women find it difficult to balance their job with their parenting responsibilities. She says she is determined to help women find a balance between higher pay, career progression and their childcare and family commitments. Plans include consultation on proposals to better support parents and improving access to information on family related matters such as childcare support and parental leave.

The importance of flexible working

They also intend to explore 'innovative pilots' to deliver more flexible working in SMEs and sectors with a high number of low paid employees. It will be interesting to see how these worthy principles translate into practice.  

Kate Fretten, Employment Partner says "This is another example of data that shows the value of considering flexible working. If businesses want to continue to attract the best people, they need to consider the importance of work-life balance and childcare to potential employees."

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