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    • Jlawson118
    • By Jlawson118 10th Nov 18, 10:01 PM
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    What would you say a reasonable commute to work would be?
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    What would you say a reasonable commute to work would be? 10th Nov 18 at 10:01 PM
    After applying constantly for new jobs for months, I got a call yesterday with regards to a job interview. To which I realised the job would be based 42 miles away Which would approximately be a 50 minute daily commute each way.

    I'm more than likely going to have to turn the opportunity down. Though I'm curious as to what people on this forum think a reasonable commute time would be?
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    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 10th Nov 18, 10:06 PM
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    My usual travel is two and a half hours each way, around 250 miles a day. This is done three days a week. I work from home but have a large area to cover.
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    • By Jlawson118 10th Nov 18, 10:09 PM
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    My usual travel is two and a half hours each way, around 250 miles a day. This is done three days a week. I work from home but have a large area to cover.
    Originally posted by comeandgo
    I guess three days a week isn't a major inconvenience, or would you say it is?
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    • By antrobus 10th Nov 18, 10:26 PM
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    .... Though I'm curious as to what people on this forum think a reasonable commute time would be?
    Originally posted by Jlawson118
    Depends on the individual and the mode of transport.

    50 minutes ain't anything special.

    The average daily commute lasted 57.1 minutes in 2015, the ONS data showed.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38026625

    For Londoners I think it's more like 75 minutes.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 10th Nov 18, 10:29 PM
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    50 mins? More than reasonable.
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    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 10th Nov 18, 10:34 PM
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    I guess three days a week isn't a major inconvenience, or would you say it is?
    Originally posted by Jlawson118
    No, it's no inconvenience, it's what I have to do so just get on with it.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Nov 18, 10:39 PM
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    Fifty minutes sounds lovely... my nearest office is over an hour away and I regularly travel a LOT further.

    Mind you, when I first started work I aimed to live 15-20 minutes from the office, so things change. I'm certainly not going to move for every new job, so have to work with the location issues. Last week I was working in Spain, the week before in Australia, the one before that in Illinois and the one before that in Texas. Driving up the M3 to Berkshire next week doesn't seem so bad...
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    • By JReacher1 10th Nov 18, 10:43 PM
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    Anything less than an hour is reasonable although what mode of transport would you be commuting in? Driving 42 miles during rush hour in 50 minutes may be optimistic.
    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 10th Nov 18, 11:02 PM
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    I think the travel distance should reflect the pay. There is no point driving 1+ hours for min wage, but if it takes you 90min to get to work on a 50k+ wage then fair play.

    Swings and roundabouts what suits you. I've been driving an hour each way 5 days a week for my last job but my Husband had free fuel with his company car so the drive didn't bother me at all - but if I'd have been paying fuel it would prob have cost too much for the job to have been worth it.
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    • Jlawson118
    • By Jlawson118 10th Nov 18, 11:38 PM
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    Wow I didn't realise people's commutes would be as much as that! I've been in three different jobs, my first being 15/20 minutes away (45 - 60 in rush hour but that didn't bother me), my second being around a two minute drive, and my current being ten minutes!

    My commute to said new job (providing all was to go well) would be myself driving. It would be from Leeds to Doncaster, so mostly M62 & A1M. Presuming the job started at 7am like most of the role's other shift patterns, I probably wouldn't hit rush hour.
    • Jlawson118
    • By Jlawson118 10th Nov 18, 11:39 PM
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    I think the travel distance should reflect the pay. There is no point driving 1+ hours for min wage, but if it takes you 90min to get to work on a 50k+ wage then fair play.

    Swings and roundabouts what suits you. I've been driving an hour each way 5 days a week for my last job but my Husband had free fuel with his company car so the drive didn't bother me at all - but if I'd have been paying fuel it would prob have cost too much for the job to have been worth it.
    Originally posted by Kayalana99
    Fuel did cross my mind straight after the phone call. I get around 400 - 550 miles out of a tank on a good run, so I thought if I'm commuting 84 miles per day, I would be filling up just about every week. Now it would be a managerial job but looking at the average salary for that role within the company on Indeed, it averages around the same as what I'm on now, and I think putting 60 per week in my car would soon start to add up, especially when I am filling it up every 3 - 4 weeks at the moment. It wouldn't bother me too much to put that much in fortnightly, but every week on this salary would be disappointing.
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 10th Nov 18, 11:52 PM
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    Answer: Its not much travel at all.



    We seem to have gone from travel time to fuel cost.



    IMO stay in your current job, if you dont have a job, then take the job, you'll be earning a lot more than what you're getting now.



    Consider yourself lucky that you have had short commutes thus far, i remember when I had to do 4 hours per day, providing everything was on time and nothing was cancelled or missed.
    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 11th Nov 18, 12:07 AM
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    I've done a 50 mile there and back trip (that was about an hour's drive each journey) before for 3 months for a job that was mainly a consistent 9-6 Monday to Friday - I loved the work and believe looking back I was probably young enough to cope/no ties/no black box with conditions. There was also a plus in that parking on site was provided and West Essex wasn't totally bad to drive around (back then). In the years since I'd even managed to get other employers to take me on who ordinally wouldn't, sometimes, because of that commute alone. Technically the job only lasted a couple of months not though choice but I cannot imagine not having that experience.

    The last company had to have a lot of workers only a 15 minute or so walk away because they were quite strict on adherence, couldn't go ready to take a call until the precise hour/minute/second and required manager sign off especially end of day (in 5 years spent chasing call centre's I wish it had been explained sooner! Also shows it can be down to the type of employer) and car parking with them was unlikely to happen so it was get as close as you can - that company were just over a 40 mile round trip and that was stopping and getting a park and ride connection into town so not totally getting to work independently which I soon realised was going to be quite a pitfall. (It altogether took me longer then the above drive) anyway I'll quit going on!

    If you are in control of your journey and the wages/salary + benefits works out, the world is your oyster.
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 11th Nov 18, 7:33 AM
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    My last job was 50 mins away.
    The journey consisted of
    10 min walk
    30 min bus
    10 min walk

    The one before was a 2 bus journey and I coped for years.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 11th Nov 18, 7:47 AM
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    the job would be based 42 miles away Which would approximately be a 50 minute daily commute each way.
    Originally posted by Jlawson118
    My commute to said new job (providing all was to go well) would be myself driving. It would be from Leeds to Doncaster, so mostly M62 & A1M. Presuming the job started at 7am like most of the role's other shift patterns, I probably wouldn't hit rush hour.
    Originally posted by Jlawson118
    Seems perfectly reasonable

    It used to take me 50 minutes to get to work in my nearest big town 9 miles away due to nose-to-tail rush hour traffic crawling along at a snail's pace

    My daughter lives about 35 miles away from me and it takes me 45-50 minutes to do that journey. I would happily do that journey every day for the right job, but not, as another poster above said, for minimum wage.

    My daughter drives 50 minutes each way to her work (35 miles). She enjoys the drive and uses it as time to clear her head and shed herself of difficult things she's sometimes dealt with during her shift so that by the time she arrives home she's in 'home mode'.

    I now work 2 minutes walk from my home and sometimes find it hard to switch from 'work mode' to 'home mode' so I can see the benefit of a longer commute, provided the journey isn't too stressful.
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    • By Tigsteroonie 11th Nov 18, 7:50 AM
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    I used to have a commute of 45 minutes driving one-way, that was mostly single track roads with cows occasionally holding things up ...

    Now I have a commute of 40-50 minutes consisting of walk, tram, walk.

    So I don't think distance is any kind of measure, it's the time taken. And most people I know, 'commute' for up to an hour.
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 11th Nov 18, 7:58 AM
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    Fuel did cross my mind straight after the phone call. I get around 400 - 550 miles out of a tank on a good run, so I thought if I'm commuting 84 miles per day, I would be filling up just about every week. Now it would be a managerial job but looking at the average salary for that role within the company on Indeed, it averages around the same as what I'm on now, and I think putting 60 per week in my car would soon start to add up, especially when I am filling it up every 3 - 4 weeks at the moment. It wouldn't bother me too much to put that much in fortnightly, but every week on this salary would be disappointing.
    Originally posted by Jlawson118
    It's not just the fuel, extra services and 2 tyres a year more for most vehicles, along with some other consumables.
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 11th Nov 18, 8:05 AM
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    50 minute commute would equal.......


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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Nov 18, 8:12 AM
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    Reasonable depends on the salary and "the point".

    I know somebody who does 90 miles each way each day ..... in an almost brand new car and they're a higher rate taxpayer that can afford this; they also get generous holidays and flexitime enabling an additional 18 days' annual leave/year. A lot of their salary though is paid out buying new cars and keeping their car serviced and full of fuel.

    I used to drive 100 miles round trip/day, to a job that wasn't that well paid and there was no chance of progression within the company - there'd be promotion into new/higher jobs but they'd have not ever paid much more than one started at. I always knew that the day my car broke down driving there/back I'd never be able to go back to work as I couldn't afford to get the car fixed .... so I lasted a year and then was, luckily, laid off as the company had over-stretched itself by opening a new office abroad they couldn't afford.... so that ended well

    If the job is low paid, your car is "old" and there's no point in you working there for years as it's not a "career" and there's no chance of progression there.... then there's no point.

    If the job is well paid, it's a "career", you can see the salary increasing and your "career" progressing, then there's every point.
    • Rosemary7391
    • By Rosemary7391 11th Nov 18, 8:25 AM
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    As PN says it really depends on your situation. Currently I walk 25 minutes. I would probably top out at an hour regular commute and I'd prefer to do it by train; but if I had work from home options I might go further. I might have to go further because I want to stay in Glasgow - currently valuing that more than the commute time to say Edinburgh and with some of that on the train it isn't dead time so to speak. I have voluntary responsibilities so time at home is important to me, plus I live alone so need to do all my cooking etc - no coming home to dinner on the table and no one to wash up while I rush off to my evening meetings! You have to work out what is practical in your situation
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