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Survey: How much time are you prepared to spend on your way to work?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNearly half of interviewed Baltic residents say they are prepared to spend up to 30 minutes on the road in one direction, according to results of a survey performed by CV Market in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Differences are noted among capital cities and regions.

47% of respondents in Latvia said they are prepared to spend up to 30 minutes on the road in one direction. 32% of respondents said they are fine with spending 60 minutes on their way to work. 14% said they are fine with 15 minutes on the road. Only 7% of respondents said they would be fine with spending more than 60 minutes on the road.

«The time spent on the road to work can be a major factor when picking a job, because the time spent on the road equals time spent not working,» CV Market personnel selection manager Kristaps Kolosovs comments on results.

He continues: «The amount of time workers are prepared to spend on the road depends on the job, wage and family conditions – whether the employee has children that need to be carried to school or picked up after work.»

Results show that women are more often prepared to spend up to 30 minutes on the road to work. Men, on the other hand, would not mind spending even 60 minutes. Men also tend to spend the least amount on time on their way to work – 15 minutes. Most respondents ready to spend more than 60 minutes on their way to work live outside the capital. A 30-minute drive is most often picked by residents of the capital and other large cities.

«CV Market survey results also indicate a trend – residents living in the countryside are prepared to spend more time on the road than townsfolk. This can be explained with the fact that employment in Latvia’s regions is below that of small cities. This is why employed people there have to spend more time on their way to work every day. This is why road infrastructure plays a major role,» says Kolosovs.

Residents in Estonia are of a similar mind: 40% of respondents there are prepared to spend more than 30 minutes on the road to work, 36% of respondents would be fine with 60 minutes on the way to work. 6% more Estonians (13% of Latvians) would be fine spending more than an hour on the road to work, and 8% of respondents believe the road to work should not take more than 15 minutes.

CV Market personnel selection specialist in Lithuania Lina Borunoviene explains that the time required to get to work depends on the industry in question: «If the job includes catering, sales or customer service, the time spent on the road is important. We have noticed that companies have begun adding location to their job offer descriptions. The higher the post, however, the more often people consider travelling farther from home to work – even 100 km away. In this case, employers have to compensate travel expenses or provide the employee with a car,» said Borunoviene.

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