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On the other hand, men’s daily commutes appear to have shortened according to a TUC study conducted by the Government’s Labour Force Survey which found that men now only spend an average of 58 minutes getting to work – a fall of 0.2 minutes during the past six years.
In the same period of time, women have seen their commuting time rise by 0.6 minutes to an average time of 47.4 minutes per day.
So, what exactly does this tell us about women in today’s society? According to the TUC, it believes that the change reflects trends in the economy whereby more men have sought part-time jobs, whilst the proportion of women working full time has increased.
In fact, over the past two years the number of men who have entered the part-time workforce has increased by 107,000 in comparison to 55,000 women. This information lends its support to the latest initiative announced this week by David Cameron which will offer men the opportunity to share their partner’s maternity leave should they so wish.
With more men keen to become involved in the childcare of their offspring, and more women feeling the pressure when it comes to sacrificing their careers to look after children, this new measure has been hailed as a step in the right direction to parental equality.
Already, many more men are choosing to put their careers on hold or work part-time to fit in with looking after their children, particularly if their partner earns a significantly higher salary.
A TUC spokesman said: “Part-time workers tend to have shorter travel to work times, particularly as commuting is prohibitively expensive these days. So the move towards part-time work for men is significant.”
The TUC has also revealed that the average commuter spends the equivalent of more than five weeks every year commuting to work and back, and with the rise in transport costs becoming higher than people’s pay rises, reducing the number of peak-time commutes can only be a good thing.