Offering relocation benefits to job candidates may be a good move for employers, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, as 49 percent of Canadian workers surveyed said they would consider moving for a position.
According to online survey responses from more than 500 workers 18 years of age of older and employed in office environments in Canada, better pay and perks (46 percent) were identified as the top motivation for moving to a new city, followed by family or personal reasons (18 percent) and cost of living (16 percent).
“Attractive relocation packages alongside competitive pay, perks and growth opportunities are key motivators.”
A separate survey of 600 senior managers in Canada found that, in the past five years, 22 percent of companies have increased what’s offered in the relocation packages they present to top candidates outside their geographic area. In contrast, 37 percent of organizations do not offer any incentives for moving.
“In today’s tight hiring environment, many employers are open to looking at skilled job seekers outside their local market,” said Greg Scileppi, the president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. “By considering candidates in other cities, companies are able to explore a greater pool of professional talent — and secure the expertise they need to keep their business competitive.”
Scileppi added, “While there are a number of personal and professional reasons workers may make a move, attractive relocation packages alongside competitive pay, perks and growth opportunities are key motivators.”