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Monday 5 December 2011

Firms losing out as staff are stuck in traffic

Companies across the UK are paying the price due to staff being stuck in traffic jams in a morning, with millions of working hours being lost, a new poll has found.

Research carried out by Churchill Car Insurance shows that over 123 million working hours are lost every year as employees sit gridlocked in their vehicles on their way to the office, which is costing the UK economy a total of £752 million a year

The poll found that 11 per cent of those who drive to work are at least 40 minutes late every time they are stuck in traffic, with the average worker delayed by 27 minutes at least once a month, often doubling their commute.

One effect of this is that the traditional nine to five working day is now viewed as a thing of the past, with 51 per cent of motorists arriving at work before 08.30 and 21 per cent starting between 05.15 and 7.30 in a bid to beat the traffic.

It is "incredibly frustrating" for motorists to have to adapt their working hours to avoid congestion, noted Tony Chilcott, head of Churchill Car Insurance.

"However, many drivers have to accommodate the school run and other commitments in the mornings, so it's simply unrealistic to leave home at the crack of dawn. The result is millions of working hours wasted in traffic jams each year," he added.

It comes after recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics found that the average British worker commutes 54 minutes a day.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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