Commute to work – Survey Results

Back in October last year we asked you how you felt about your commute to work. Now that all the response are in we have analysed the results and they aren’t too surprising: the shorter your commute the happier you are about it.

Who Responded

Of our total responses, 82% of respondents are permanent employees the vast majority living and working in the South East (46%) and South West (36%) of the UK.

Responses did come from across our full range of sectors, but the largest response was from within construction (39%).

How far are people traveling to work?

The average distance travelled, one way, to work was 34.91 miles. Unsurprisingly contractors, although underrepresented in this survey, travelled more with an average of over 100 mile round trip.

The largest number of responses came from those who are travelling over 1 hour each way to work (32%) but we did also have 25% of respondents travelling 46 mins to 1 hour and 21% travelling 16-30 minutes as well.

Key Observations

So the key observations from all of this data are as follows:

  • 43% of all respondents feel “great” or “acceptable” about their commute, 29% have no strong opinion and 29% feel “not good” or “terrible” about their commute.

  • Unsurprisingly those that travel under 15 minutes each way to work all feel pretty positive about their daily commute, but as travel time increases the sentiment also changes.

  • Of those who are travelling over 2 hours a day (round trip) 22% responded that they felt “terrible” about their commute and 44% “not good”. When asked for the reasons why they continued to travel the extended distance to work, responses included:
    • “I enjoy the job I do, and the people I work with”
    • “Money”
    • “Providing financial security for my family”
    • “Survival instinct”
  • Overcrowded roads and traffic nightmares were a common themes among all the additional comments causing commutes to increase in length significantly on bad days.

If you have any comments on your commute to work you would like to add feel free to reach me on or any of our social media profiles.

Alternatively if you would like to reduce your commute and find a job closer to home you can browse our full list of vacancies here or get in contact with one of our Specialist Recruiters on 01489 232 080.

This blog was written by Marketing Manager Marie Malyon. The opinions stated in this article are those of the writer, and not necessarily reflected by the wider business.


Your New Specialist Recruiters

We are pleased to introduce 5 new recruits who have joined England Associates this month.

Adam Brutnell (top left) – has joined as a Specialist Recruitment Consultant who is setting up a new division focussing on Engineering.

(from left to right, after Adam) Richard De-La-Hey, Matthew Knibbs, Anthony Cox and Kelly Hankey have joined our Training Academy, a structured 8 week training programme as a fast tracked introduction to Recruitment.

Welcome to the team!


How to Hand in Your Resignation

So you are probably reading this post because you are looking to hand in your resignation. Hopefully, by this point, you have spoken to your manager about yourself being despondent toward your job and come to the conclusion you are not looking to stay. If not, we have written about this in more detail in our ultimate guide to counter offers.

It is important to hand in your notice in the correct way to maintain both your professional reputation, but in a worst case that you have continuous employment and can pay the bills!

Wait until you receive an offer for the position before you consider handing in your notice. This is to make sure that you have a secure job position before you choose to leave the current position. For help in finding new positions look at our 5 steps of job searching or contact us.


We have put together the following 3 step process to help make handing in your resignation as simple and stress-free as possible:

Step 1. 
     Let your present employer know that you now have an offer for a new job and you will be leaving. State that you are holding this meeting as a courtesy to say that you will be handing in your notice once the contract is given from your new employer to you; this is the time that you will be present to train your replacement with all the knowledge you know and that they will need.

Be aware that in this warning meeting that you are not obligated to answer any questions about your new job.


Step 2.      When you receive your contract for your new position, it is now the time to write out your resignation letter. In this resignation letter details of your understanding of your notice period and your last day working must be listed clearly to ensure that there will be no miscommunication.

We have created a resignation letter template that available to download at the bottom of this post, which you can use to help write your letter. Please do change the template to fit your criteria or vocabulary.


Step 3.      Now that is complete you should give it to your current employer as soon as you can. Hold another meeting, state this is your actual resignation, and hand over your resignation letter.

Again, you do not have to answer any questions that are asked about your new job

If successful in handing in your resignation, you will now know:

  • Your last day of work
  • Start date of your new job
  • Be on good terms with your previous employer
  • Know what commitments you have towards your old job and when they become no longer relevant to you.

Now, we wish you all the best in the future and in your new job!

If you do need any additional advice please email us at and we would be happy to offer you additional advice.


Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just to let you all know that we are closed from 22nd December 21, 2017 at 4:30pm till the 2nd January 2018 at 7:30am.

So, if you need us please either leave a voicemail, send an email to your specialist recruiter or message us on any of our social media platforms and well get back to you once we return!

Thank you for your corporation,

From all at England Associates!


The Ultimate Guide to Counter Offers and How to Manage Them

Have you been asked by a recruiter, or a new employer, ‘what would you do in a counter offer situation’ or been asked by your current employer if you would consider a counter offer, but not sure what you are speaking about?

This ultimate guide to counter offers will take you step by step how to manage these offers and come out in the best possible situation.


Christmas Competition #12giftsfromea

Christmas is all about giving something back, so this Christmas we have 12 gifts to give away in 12 festive competitions being held on our social media platforms.

12 Gift From England Associates Winners:

  • 1st December – Channon Carroll (Facebook) – Wine Tasting Experience for 2
  • 3rd December – Leigh Dunning (Twitter) – £10 Greggs gift card
  • 5th December – Danny Williams (Instagram) – Chocolate Hamper
  • 7th December – Hannah Barsby (LinkedIn) – £10 Costa gift card
  • 9th December – DJ Mansbridge (Facebook) – Bottle of Baileys & Guylian chocolates
  • 11th December – Jason May (Twitter) – Christmas Food Hamper
  • 13th – Rooby183 (Instagram) – £15 Nandos Voucher
  • 15th – Renne Godman (LinkedIn) – Wembley Stadium Tour for 2
  • 17th – NO Entries –
  • 19th – Jim Murray (Twitter) – £20 Love 2 Shop vouchers
  • 21st – Winner to be announced  – £20 Teamsport Voucher
  • 23rd – Winner to be announced – iFly Experience

Make sure you are following us on all of our profiles not to miss a competition.

For your chance to enter make sure you like/follow us on all platforms, enter by placing your answer in the comments and share the competition.

Good luck & Merry Christmas!

The terms & conditions

  1. This promoter of this competition is England Associates Limited (registered company 07540355) whose registered address is Ebenezer House, 5A Poole Road, Dorset, BH2 5QJ .
  2. This competition is open to everyone, excluding any permanent employees of England Associates, but does include anyone who is working with us on a temporary assignment or been placed into a permanent position.
  3. There is no entry fee to enter any of these competitions.
  4. By entering this competition you are agreeing to these term and conditions.
  5. By entering this competition you are giving England Associates unrestricted permission to use your name, social media handle and profile picture on our website and in any promotional materials. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material.
  6. The closing date for each competition will be included in the post.
  7.  England Associates reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and its terms and conditions at any time, without notice.
  8. The prize is will be mentioned in each post, and can not be exchanged for another prize or equivalent cash value.
  9. The winner will be chosen as detailed within the post. Each decision is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.
  10. England Associates will announce the winner within 1 working day of the competition being closed. We will also contact each winner via the direct message feature on that platform informing them on the win and requesting their postal address. Prizes will be posted within 3 working days of receiving the postal address and we do not guarantee gifts will arrive in time for Christmas.
  11. The winners name will be available on for at least 30 days after the competition.
  12. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to England Associates Limited and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at

Government outlines construction as a key sector to drive growth in the UK


Construction has been listed as one of the first industries to benefit from the the new Modern Industrial Strategy in the Government’s latest whitepaper alongside Artificial Intelligence and Automotive.

Economic growth and a boost of productivity is the main targets for this initiative hoping to  transform construction, healthcare, Services 4.0 and energy which will gain significant Government funding. The vision for a ‘transformed economy’ is built from the five foundations: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places.

Business Secretary Greg Clark explained “Our new, ambitious Industrial Strategy will build on the UK’s strengths, boost productivity and earning power and will ensure we are one of the most competitive places in the world to start and grow a business.”

This is great news for the construction industry, with a positive forecast for the future of the sector, building a Britain fit for the future.


Accomplished Apprenticeships with England Associates


My name is Tazmin Mansbridge (centre above) and I am a Marketing Apprentice at England Associates. In the past five years we have had a total of six apprentices with some real success stories. I decided to look into more about why apprentices choose England Associates.

I have recently spoken to two of the team who have worked as apprentices with us here to learn more about their experience. Kylie Wan (right above) is one of our current apprentices studying for her Level 4 AAT in our Accounts department, Tanisha Noice (left above)completed her Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship in 2016 and I am a Level 3 Marketing Apprentice who has been with England Associates for the last 10 months.

Kylie Wan explained that she originally decided to do her Level 3 AAT as an Accounts Assistant as she was initially unsure that she wanted to do after college and it was a good opportunity to get some skills while she was deciding on what to do next. However she turned this into a long term commitment and decided to continue to develop in this role starting the Level 4 in August this year. In her role she expressed that she learnt a variety of accounting and financial skills including credit control, bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and many more whilst getting her formal qualifications at college.

Kylie continued with “In regards to my apprenticeship England Associates has been highly supportive. The business made sure that the flexibility available and my income was correct in relation to the development of my skills and career. I have to give a special thanks to my manager in regards to all this.”

Tanisha Noice first joined England Associates as Level 2 Business Administration apprentice in 2015. After 12 months of hard work she then completed her apprenticeship and promoted to a Business Support Coordinator.

However Tanisha was ambitious and didn’t stop there, deciding to take an opportunity to become a Trainee Resourcer a few months later and now further progressed to be a Trainee Recruitment Consultant billing over £6,000 this October 2017.

Tanisha revealed “I decided to become an apprentice in level 2 Business Admin with England Associates to gain knowledge and experience of how a small business functions; with the bonus of the help of it developing my skill set. England Associates gave me a lot of support and guidance throughout my whole apprenticeship.”

She studying alongside an apprenticeship company called FNTC to which she felt sure of security in completion.

When asked what advice they would give to someone who is looking at an apprenticeship they added:

Tanisha: “I recommend England Associates as it is a brilliant company to work for. They have always promoted career development and have an amazing support structure.”

Kylie: “England Associates is a small but growing business. It is always keen to bring on new apprentices. They will invest as much time and money that you need to complete your apprenticeship. I would recommend them as an employer.”

I began my journey as a Marketing Apprentice when I attended a Careers Fair in Havant & Southdowns College. I was initially not going to go due to I was still recovering from some personal problems which lead me to be unable to carry on my A-Levels with the college. However my parents encouraged me to attend and it was here that I was lucky enough to be introduced to Marie Malyon; she had a stall at the Careers fair. She gave me her details in how to contact her for more information and now Marie is my Manager at England Associates.

My experience with England Associates and Havant & Southdowns College as an apprentice has been fun and educational. It has offered me many ways to develop my skills set based around different projects I support from designing business cards through to writing articles for our website (like this one).


If you would like to know more about becoming an apprentice with England Associates; then please apply by sending me a copy of your CV or if you would just like to know more information then please email me at


Training Academy Graduates in the News!

Our very own Training Academy graduates from our first Graduate Scheme has been acknowledged in the Portsmouth News today.

The clipping is framed and on the wall already and we are really proud to be supporting 3 promising individuals at the start of their recruitment careers.

You can also see the article on the Portsmouth News website. 

Find out more about our Training Academy here. 


Winner – Halloween Photo Competition

Many thanks to everyone who got involved in our Halloween photo competition.

The winner is: jessikahhw on Twitter! We will send you a private message.


Special mentions to:

Carly Tagg, Twitter


Charlotte Jones – Twitter


Rachel Hall, Facebook


Audrey Bliss, Twitter


Sally, Twitter

The England Associates team also looked pretty terrifying:

Happy Halloween!