Charity staff hit the road more

Some 49 per cent of charity workers don't like drinking alone in a hotel bar when on business, a survey by Barclaycard has revealed.

This compares with 35 per cent of the general population, according to the survey.

A survey of 2,500 of the firm's 500,000 cardholders also disclosed that nearly one in three charity workers have changed jobs in order to reduce their travel time to work. 76 per cent of charity employees have either considered reducing or have reduced the number of hours they are away from home in order to improve their quality of life. Yet, close to half of those surveyed said they travelled more on business last year than in 2002.

"Rather than cutting back on business travel, our annual survey reveals that business travellers are travelling more than before," said Simon Chick, head of marketing at Barclaycard.

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