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As much as a nice walk, bike, or drive across town is free and convenient, sometimes we need to pay to get to our destination. When it comes down to it, established cities are fortunate to have a number of options. Some are faster, some are cheaper, and some are more comfortable. When you weigh all of the pros and cons, what is the winner?
In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked readers their preferred way to get around town when it had to be a payment option. As always, we compiled the results and the most popular method is obvious — 60% of respondents use public transit, rather than Uber, Lyft, or Taxis.
Technology has brought us options across all areas of life and transportation is no different. Traditional taxis and public transportation have been options in our cities for as long as anybody currently in the workforce can remember. Then, five years ago, Uber changed the game when it launched its ride-sharing program in Canada. Since then, Lyft also added to the competition by setting up in some of the country’s major cities.
While Uber and Lyft provide a convenient, often lower-cost service, some people still prefer the security of a cab (especially since the competition have forced them to improve their service). And others are content paying much lower prices and riding the bus, train or streetcar to get from place-to-place.
In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know your preference. When your own car or bike is not an option, your destination is beyond walking distance and there is no friend who can drive you, who do you pay to get you there?
Unless you’re able to make the most of it, getting yourself to and from your place of work can be a massive waste of time. Not only do you have to pay for gas and parking or transit fees, but you lose precious time that IT contractors can rarely bill back to their client.
Through multiple conversations recruiters have with technology consultants, we’ve come to learn that there are varying opinions on a reasonable commute time. To learn more about that range of acceptability, we put out the question to our readers in last month’s Contractor Quick Poll. The results are in and it’s clear, most people max out their idea of a reasonable commute time at 30-60 minutes.
What do you consider to be a maximum reasonable commute time (one-way)?
Unless you’re fortunate enough to work from your home-office every day, you have some sort of commute to get into your client’s place of business a few days per week. Recruiters at Eagle talk to independent contractors all the time, helping them look for the ideal tech job. We carefully evaluate what you’re looking for and work hard to find a client to fits all the criteria. Increasingly, especially in high population areas like Toronto, IT contractors list the commute time as a high priority consideration when evaluating job opportunities.
It’s clear that job seekers want to minimize their commute so they can maximize productivity and work/life balance. Interestingly, the definition of a “long commute” varies based on city and a person’s preferences. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to get a better grasp of what Canadian contractors generally consider to be a reasonable commute.