The distance between work and home can be a decisive factor in job searching, as Hungarian workers tend to avoid commuting, according to a representative survey by job portal Profession.hu.
The online survey on the commuting habits of Hungarian workers conducted in July, included 1,000 people aged between 18 and 65.
According to the survey, six out of ten workers have had a job opportunity in their lives that they did not apply for because it would have taken too long to get to work. The figure was 81 percent for freelancers.
Responses show that Hungarian workers tend to avoid commuting and prefer to work in nearby jobs if they can: six out of ten workers work in the same municipality as their place of residence.
35% of commuters travel from a village to a city for work, 29% from a city to another city, and almost a quarter travel to the capital from nearby settlements. Half of workers spend less than half an hour a day in total traveling between work and home, a third between half an hour and an hour, while 20 percent spend up to 1-2 hours commuting.
Fact Since the COVID epidemic, home office has been introduced in many workplaces. Some only offer one day a week to work from home, but currently in Hungary, two to three days a week is the most common. The home office opportunity has revealed a number of advantages for employees, and now many of them consider it a standard requirement when looking for a job. Families, commuters, and indeed all workers find it easier to manage their time, leaving more opportunity for after-work activities. However, the effectiveness of a full-time home office remains to be seen.
Four out of ten Hungarian workers use public transport to get to work, while 34% use their own car to make the journey.
Seven percent of respondents use a company car or a company bus shared with colleagues. Cycling and walking are also common in Hungary, with 15 percent of employees doing the former, and seven percent the latter.
The release quoted Blanka Dencső, a market research and business development expert at Profession.hu, who said that 85 percent of respondents are satisfied with their means of transport. The survey also revealed that few employees receive company subsidies: less than a quarter of them receive a petrol allowance, 18 percent receive a public transport ticket subsidy, and 47 percent of employees’ current employer does not contribute at all to the cost of travel. At the same time, there are also some who could have made use of the contribution but have not claimed it, the expert concluded.
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