Workers pay for parking with their time
More than one in seven car commuters may be giving their employer an extra hour of unpaid work every day because they arrive early to secure a space, according to new research.
The battle for a parking spot is so intense that 15% aim to turn up more than 60 minutes before their contracted start time and do not get time in lieu if they begin work straight away, a survey found.
The AA, which commissioned the research, noted that even those workers who arrive early but then wait until their shift starts are missing out on time at home.
More than 10,000 motorists who drive to work responded to the survey, which also found that 36% worry about parking.
Meanwhile the chance to get away from work by going on a drive during the lunch break is lost to 37% of workers because they fear not being able to find a space when they return.
AA president Edmund King said good employers are aware of parking availability and take action when a lack of spaces “starts to make life hell for their employees".
He added: “Encouraging car-sharing schemes or pushing for better public transport provision shows an acceptance of responsibility, rather than leaving their workers to drive round the car park in growing frustration while the bosses have their own reserved spaces."