Commuters in Leeds are paying out more

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LEEDS workers are paying out more than the national average on commuting, according to a new survey.

They are paying out more than five per cent of their salaries on getting to and from work in Leeds compared with the national average of four per cent.

Commuters in Leeds are battling with increasing costs according to a survey of over 4,000 senior business people across the UK by Regus, the world’s largest workplace provider.

Regus chiefs say flexible working could be one answer to the problem of increasing travel costs.

With train fares and petrol costs continuing to rise, the results show that 28 per cent of Leeds professionals pay out more than five per cent of their salaries on commuting.

Meanwhile, the average proportion of pay spent on commuting by UK workers is now four per cent, a rise from three per cent in 2010.

Commuting costs are contributing to a rise in the number of UK professionals looking to work flexibly.

Business centres offer a professional, convenient alternative for those looking to avoid long, expensive, and sometimes difficult, journeys into the office.

Richard Morris, UK chief executive officer at Regus, said: “Businesses that want to retain and attract top talent cannot fail to address the issue of the costly commute.

“Flexible working can provide a solution. By offering their employees the opportunity to work closer to home at least some of the time, our customers have not only improved staff loyalty but also seen an impact on productivity.

“Staff that spend less time stuck in traffic jams or on crowded trains have more time to apply themselves to the job in hand.”

Regus has a network of 2,300 locations in 850 cities across 104 countries. Clients who use Regus for flexible working include Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline.