The train can be the most efficient and quickest mode of transport, but unfortunately for anyone using it daily for the journey into London there are some obvious pitfalls;
1) It costs a small fortune – If you live outside the M25 it runs into many thousands, when you factor in the 40% tax element, most people have to earn in excess of £8000 per annum to pay for it
2) The service itself is often unreliable and at best quite uncomfortable – especially when commuting at peak times.
3) Even with the most efficient point to point routes, by the time you factor in getting to and from the station either end – onward journeys on the tube and timetables, you are likely to be spending many hours a day on the train.
4) It’s not exactly a mobile office – especially on a packed commuter train at the start or end of the day. This means making and receiving calls can be difficult, hardly ideal for a recruiter.
What are the benefits of working outside of London – closer to home?
Increased earnings – or at least reduced expenses
Salary and benefits for recruiters are likely to be the same – at Vertex our salary and benefits are identical, this represents a considerable hike in salary over working in London for most.
No train fares - of course there could be a cost of commuting by car, but this is likely to be a much lower cost than the train.
Health benefits – walking or cycling to work are a safer and healthier option and also cost nothing.
Time savings – the daily commute takes up valuable time, those hours could be spent balancing work with home life or investing more time developing your career and earning commission.
Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work even if they are paid more. Those were the findings of a study by the Office for National Statistics looking at commuting and personal wellbeing.
The study analysed personal wellbeing using four measures: life-satisfaction, to what extent the respondent felt the things they did in life were worthwhile, whether the commuters were happy and whether they were anxious. A drop in the first three and a rise in anxiety indicates a negative effect on the person’s wellbeing.
By Rob Booth - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-booth-2193982/