Survey says commuters are facing rising costs

From left to right: Amy Carter, 34, Matt Paffett, 43, Pernilla Berglund, 42, Latin Smith, 33. Photo: Holly Sayer-Gray

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PORTSMOUTH workers are battling with increasing commuting costs according to a survey of more than 4,000 senior business people across the UK.

With train fares and petrol costs continuing to rise, the survey, conducted by workplace provider Regus, shows that nearly a fifth (19 per cent) pay out more than five per cent of their salary on commuting.

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

For eight per cent of respondents the daily commute costs them over a tenth of their monthly pay.

Richard Morris, the UK CEO of Regus, said: ‘Businesses that want to retain and attract top talent cannot fail to address the issue of the costly commute. Staff that spend less time stuck in traffic jams have more time to apply themselves.’