Workers spend 18 more hours a year on their commute than they did ten years ago, which shows just how useful remote working arrangements could be to many employees.

Having a business phone number on your mobile could mean many members of staff can continue to work while on their way to or from work, without taking time out of their working day. Similarly, it could make it easier for some employees to adopt a flexible working arrangement, so they do not have to be in the office every day and can spend less time commuting and more time working.

The latest findings from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) show Brits typically spent 219 hours travelling to and from work in 2017. This is 18 hours more than in 2007 when it was 201 hours.

This is the result of a 4.8-minute increase on daily commutes, which makes a big difference over a 12-month period.

General secretary of the TUC Frances O’Grady said: “Employers can make a difference … Home working and flexitime can cut journeys and help avoid the rush hour.”

She added it can have other advantages too, saying: “If staff have fewer stressful journeys, they can focus better on their work.”

Last month, research from Quinyx was published in HR Director, revealing that £12 billion a year is lost due to employers not fully embracing flexible working systems, causing dissatisfaction among staff and reducing their productivity.

People working in London face the longest commute, typically travelling for one hour and 21 minutes a day. With the average daily journey time across the UK being 58.4 minutes, this is 23 minutes longer compared with the majority of Brits.

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