A third of British workers find commuting so onerous that they would be prepared to pay up to 30 per cent extra for a house if it made their journey to work easier.
A poll of 7,500 workers carried out by recruitment website reed.co.uk found that four out of ten commuters said that their daily journey to work is now more stressful than it was four years ago.
One in ten have already moved house to make their journey easier.
Staff in Scotland and South-East England were prepared to pay the most to move house if it reduced the time they spent travelling to and from the office.
Dan Ferrandino, managing director of reed.co.uk, said the findings show that workers see reducing stress as a priority.
"A stressful commute cannot only get you off to a bad start or wreck a relaxing evening - it also makes you less productive at work."