Here at The Candidate, we recently commissioned
research investigating the reasons that were contributing to
the on-going digital skills shortage. Amongst the findings, our
report uncovered statistics concluding that the majority of
employees would be likely to relocate for a new job, if they were
offered a relocation package by their new employer.
92% of those surveyed said they would seriously consider a job
elsewhere, if they had access to a package that enabled them to
relocate more easily. Yet limited businesses actually offer these
kinds of packages - a massive 83% of people surveyed have never
been offered a relocation package, when searching for a new job
outside of their catchment area.
Relocation packages are sometimes offered by employers if the
employment location is more than 50 miles from their home, or if it
is a significant hire. The packages frequently include a number of
benefits that would attract employees to move to another town or
city for work, and are often negotiated during the interview
Those that would consider a relocation package will understand
the advantages behind them. In terms of career benefits, relocating
can provide a salary increase and a career can also be enhanced,
due to employers seeing a willingness to relocate as a favourable
attribute. There are social benefits associated with relocating for
a new job, as it is an ideal opportunity to meet new people both
inside and outside of the office.
The survey showed that it is increasingly becoming a necessity
for employers to offer relocation packages in order to recruit the
best people. It is significant for employers to be aware that if a
potential candidate lives over an hour away from the office, they
could dismiss a job move. Statistics from the survey showed that
only 9% of people would commute to work for over an hour and a
half, proof that employers need to seriously consider their
relocation offering, before beginning the hiring process.
Read the full report here