Nurses now travel further and spend longer on their daily commutes compared to five years ago, according to a survey.
It looked at the commuting habits of 2,374 people from a range of professions. The survey was conducted between 28 March and 12 April for recruitment firm Randstad Care.
It suggested nurses currently faced average daily commutes lasting 47 minutes – up from 42 minutes in 2008. They also traveled an average daily distance of 19 miles, compared to 16 miles five years ago.
Randstad Care managing director Victoria Short said: “The rise in daily travel time and distance… adds weight to the argument that austerity measures have had a significant impact on the day to day lives and routine of nurses.
“The salary cap of 1% for public sector workers means staff are worse off in real terms every year. As a result, many workers are moving further away from their places of work in order to find more affordable accommodation and cost of living.”