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Would you relocate for work? 62% of American office workers would

Have you ever considered packing up to relocate for work?

If your answer is yes, anything for a better job, then you’re not alone. A survey by staffing specialists Robert Half, showed that a whopping 62% of office workers in the USA would be prepared to relocate for work.

Considering that can mean moving vast distances and abandoning family & friends, it illustrates just how important getting the right job is.

Of course, this might not be news if you’re stuck in a dead-end job. But what makes this survey particularly interesting is the reasons why workers would consider relocating.

Man at the train station - Relocate for Work

Here are the Top 5 Reasons workers would consider relocating for work:

  1. Pay & Perks (44%)
  2. Family of Personal Reasons (17%)
  3. (joint) Cost of Living (16%) / Career Advancement (16%)
  4. Weather (6%)

Another interesting observation (although perhaps not that surprising), is that younger workers are more open to relocating than older workers.

  • 76% of 18-34 year olds would consider relocating, compared to only 40% of over 55s.
  • The figure was 62% for those aged 35-54.

The study also showed that men (67%) were a little more open to relocating than women (59%).

Location matters

And if you’re wondering if the only factor was seeking a better job, think again. Location was a factor too, perhaps influenced by that 6% looking for better weather.

Top 3 cities where workers were most likely to relocate for work.

  1. Raleigh
  2. Miami
  3. Charlotte

Top 3 cities where workers were least likely to leave for another job.

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Boston / Philadelphia
  3. Detroit

The survey also asked employers about the relocation packages they offered. This found that while 34% of companies have improved their relocation packages, a sizeable 30% offer no incentive at all.

Besides receiving corporate incentives to move, there are a number of professional and personal reasons workers may opt for a change of scenery, including a higher salary, better perks, more affordable cost of living or advanced job title.”. Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half


For employers looking for talented staff, the good news is that the number 1 reason that somebody would consider relocating for a job is entirely within their control. It’s about the money and benefits. Factors such as the cost of living and weather are less important.

NB: The survey does not offer any reasons for the differences across age groups and between men and women.

6% would relocate for better weather, although Miami was also one of the cities workers would most likely consider relocating from. For readers from less sunny climes, we should be so lucky…

Culture does not feature as a reason – Is money really so important when relocating for work?

Credits & further info:

The data about relocating for work come from an online survey of over 2,800 U.S. office workers.

The data about employers and relocation packages came from a survey of over 2,800 senior managers at firms with 20+ employees.

If you prefer your data in graphic format, check out the handy infographic provided by Robert Half.

Source: 62% of workers in the USA would relocate for work

Survey by: Robert Half, Specialised Staffing Services (USA)

Published: 2019

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