WITH SOCIAL distancing set to be in place for the foreseeable future, a new trend is emerging amongst British workers in need of ways to manage remote working and travel for work, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by the UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, Auto Trader, has highlighted a nervousness around work-related travel, revealing that almost 1 in 2 Brits (48%) would not be comfortable travelling for work right now, unless they were able to travel in their own vehicle and stay in their own accommodation.
The data suggests that if they had to travel for work, almost 1 in 3 UK adults (32%) would feel more comfortable staying in a motorhome or caravan, rather than a hotel or serviced apartment, as social distancing and hygiene standards continue to be a worry for much of the UK.
This is a particularly significant concern for the 15% of the UK workforce, which is regularly required to travel and stay overnight for work.
The data shows that 27% believe having access to a caravan or similar motorhome alternative would create an ideal quiet space to work in and almost 1 in 10 (9%) say it would give them somewhere to safely self-isolate if they became ill, so they could protect their family.
The research suggests that almost 1 in 5 adults (18%) feel employers should provide caravans or similar motorhome options for their employees if staff are required to travel and stay overnight for work in the current climate. An additional 16% also feel employers should at least contribute toward the cost of buying a caravan for this purpose.
Of those who would consider asking their employer to buy a caravan for work use, 50% say they would now be more likely to ask the question, given the current pandemic.
Just what we need on Australia’s road network, more sales reps and more caravans.