ONS stats highlight gender commuting gap

The commuting gap contributes to the gender pay gap, say ONS figures.

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Women are more likely than men to leave their job because of a longer commute,  according to new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The analysis isolates the impact of commute time and pay on the likelihood of someone leaving his or her job, highlighting the different choices made by men and women in the workplace.

Given women are still the main providers of childcare and unpaid work, women tend to favour the flexibility offered by a shorter commute, says the ONS. On the other hand, men are more likely to tolerate a longer journey to work in return for higher pay.

It states: “This combination contributes to men doing the majority of high-paid jobs, which in turn contributes to the overall gender pay gap.”



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