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62% of workers would relocate for a job, better pay top factor: Robert Half

January 15, 2019

Offering relocation benefits to job candidates could be a good move for employers, according to research released today by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). The survey found 62% of workers said they would consider moving for a position.

Respondents cited the following as the top factor in a decision to relocate:

  • Better pay/perks: 44%
  • Family/personal reasons: 17%
  • Cost of living: 16%
  • Career advancement: 16%
  • Weather: 6%%

Among professionals in the 28 US cities polled, respondents in Raleigh, NC; Des Moines, Iowa; Miami; and Charlotte, NC, are most open to changing locations.

“In today’s competitive hiring environment, many employers are finding it challenging to locate skilled professionals in their immediate area,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “As a result, organizations are open to considering candidates in other cities and offering attractive relocation packages to secure that talent.”

Miami had the most companies that have increased their relocation packages over the past five years at 53%, followed by Houston, Los Angeles and Dallas at 48%, 45% and 42%, respectively.

The online surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,800 adult US workers employed in office environments and more than 2,800 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in 28 major US cities.


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