Commuters living half an hour from work prefer to stay home: CBS

Avoid the queues by working from home. Photo: Jarino via

People who regularly work from home live on average a quarter of an hour further away from their workplace than their office-based colleagues, a survey of working habits for the CBS has found.

The rise in home working since the pandemic partly reflects longer commuter times. “On location” workers take an average of 25 minutes to get to work, compared to 40 minutes for those who mainly work from home.

For the small group of people who always work from home, the journey to their employer’s base was 53 minutes. The average commuting time for all workers was 32 minutes.

The choice of whether to work at home or at the workplace was strongly influenced by the length of the commute, the CBS found.

More than half of people surveyed said the time and cost implications of travelling were among the main reasons they opted to stay at home.

Just over 74% of people whose commute was 10 minutes or less worked “on location”, compared to 27% of those who had to travel longer than an hour.

Proportion of workers opting to work from home vs on location, by commuting time. Source: CBS
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