Longer commutes by men helps to explain gender pay gap, study claims

Longer commutes by men helps to explain gender pay gap, study claims

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Almost two-thirds (65%) of commutes lasting longer than an hour are by men, according to analysis.

Research by the Office for National Statistics found the greatest disparity is in the East of England, where 76% of long commutes are made by men.

Across the UK, women tend to make shorter journeys to work, accounting for more than half (55%) of commutes lasting 15 minutes or less.

Analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies found that women were more likely to work closer to home, and therefore more likely to miss out on the higher skilled and best paid jobs.

The IFS added that women’s commuting times fall significantly after the birth of their first child, while men’s do not.


Women more likely to walk


The ONS study also found that men are much more likely to commute on two wheels.

Some 74% of people who cycle to work and 92% of those who use a motorbike, moped or scooter are men, according to the ONS.

The analysis shows that men are more likely to commute by train - possibly due to their longer journeys - while women are more likely to walk or travel by bus.

The car is the most popular form of transport for getting to and from work, used for around two-thirds of commutes by men and women.

Researchers analysed employment data from October to December 2017 to reach their conclusions.

A separate study by the University of the West of England in Bristol earlier this year said people who regularly use their journeys to "catch up" with work should have their commute counted as time at the office.