A survey by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, reveals that only 45% of Indians are happy with their commute with 26% Indians willing to take a pay cut for a shorter commute.
While commuting has always a been a pain-point for professionals across the country, this survey captures many interesting sentiments of Indian professionals around the daily commute. The results of the survey represent the opinions of LinkedIn’s working professionals on their commute all over the globe across 11 countries, with the sample size for India including 566 individuals.
Here are some key highlights of the survey:
- 78% of Indians desire a shorter commute
- 57% of Indians want more free time outside of work to spend with family
- 36% of Indians want more free time to exercise, health and fitness is a growing concern for Indians
- 47% feel more productive at work with a shorter commute
- 48% prefer a shorter commute to work so that they don’t arrive at work tired
- 42% of Indians claimed that they would be willing to consider longer commute if it meant an increase of more than 20% in their income
- 26% of Indians are willing to take a pay cut for a shorter commute
- 33% would opt for a longer commute, if the company provided transportation or if a promotion or title increase was involved
- 40% Indians would compromise on a shorter commute for the right job and 31% if they worked for a brand they admired
- For 48% Indians, their commute time has increased in the past year, the highest amongst other countries surveyed
- 60% feel that the city’s transportation system frequently delays them to office, a challenge that again emerged highest for Indians amongst other countries surveyed.
To empower job-seekers with the necessary information to make an informed career decision, LinkedIn had rolled out a new feature, ‘Your Commute’, which helps members understand the potential commute time to their next job even before they apply for the role. This new feature works by integrating data from Bing maps, job posters, and Company Pages information.
Speaking on the new feature, Deepa Sapatnekar, Head of Communications for India, LinkedIn stated, “The daily commute is a pain-point for most professionals in India. In fact, we found that commute time has increased for a significant number of professionals in India in the last year. Lack of access to essential information pertaining to skills, referrals, job applications and commute time, can often be a roadblock to finding new opportunities. With our new features such as ‘Your Commute’ we empower our members with insights to make informed career decisions, all without leaving the job listing.”
The ‘Your Commute’ feature is available on mobile globally and has been currently ramped to 10% of job listings in India. The feature will roll out on the desktop in the next few months.