Reliable transportation: What does that mean for hourly workers?

June 23, 2014 | by Jason Hamilton

When it comes to finding new employees, you want to ensure they are reliable and a key part of that is having reliable transportation to and from work. But in today’s world, what does that mean for an hourly worker? Over the past few years, there has been a shift in fewer younger people purchasing vehicles so transportation to work may mean relying on more public options. Snagajob asked almost 5,000 job seekers “What is/would be your main method of transportation to/from a job?” to see how they are planning to arrive at the positions they are applying to.

Majority of seekers still have their own vehicle

Seventy-one percent of respondents are planning on utilizing their own vehicle to get to and from their workplaces. Of those not selecting their own vehicle, 13 percent would utilize public transportation, and this number was followed closely by those getting a ride or driving a friend or family member’s car.

Older seekers are more likely to drive their own car

Sixty-five percent of respondents taking their own vehicle to work were over 35 years of age. Younger job seekers, 16 to 24 year olds, are more likely to grab a ride or carpool with a friend or co-worker to get to work.

Younger seekers are bike-friendly

If you’re located in a bike-friendly city, make sure to let seekers know. A majority of those who choose biking as their main method of transportation are between 16 to 24 years old meaning you may be able to attract new faces if you’re open to them locking up their bike out front.

Restaurants near public transportation are attractive

Of job seekers who pick public transportation as their main method of transport, food and restaurant was their industry preference when looking for a position. If you’re located near a bus line or subway station, make sure to include those details in new job postings. Those methods keep your city running efficiently and can get your employees to work on time.

Bikes, buses and automobiles -- there are more than one way for job seekers to get to work. Keep all the various transportation options in mind when posting your job and looking at candidates. Happy Hiring!

Topics: Operations Management, Staffing & Training

Jason Hamilton
Jason Hamilton serves as Snagajob’s vice president of product and marketing. In this role, he is responsible for creating products that instantly connect workers and employers. He also leads Snagajob's marketing strategies – from customer acquisition and retention to marketplace development and growth. Oh, and he had a cameo in a Bollywood film. www

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