Relocation: It’s still popular.

If you were offered a job opportunity in another city, or your current employer asked you to relocate, would you make a move?

According to our LinkedIn poll, 87% of professionals would more likely say yes. 

Despite pandemic, professionals are willing to relocate 

Research shows that while relocation has slowed over the past year, job prospects continue to drive the desire for workforce mobility around the globe. 

Despite worldwide travel bans and ongoing concerns about health and safety risks due to COVID-19, according to a survey from Wakefield Research, nearly 3 in 5 workers say they are more willing to relocate for work now than before the pandemic. In fact, 80% of workers would relocate during the pandemic, including 31% who would relocate internationally.

According to experts, employee interest in corporate relocations will continue to grow as workers are ready to explore a new world of opportunities. 89% of surveyed employees say they would relocate for work when COVID-19 is no longer prevalent globally, and nearly half would be willing to do so internationally. 

These findings indicate that relocating is still seen as a smart, beneficial career move for many professionals worldwide.

When is a good time to relocate?

Deciding to relocate is a personal decision and is different because not everyone’s situation is the same. 

And the employment landscape continues to evolve too. 

The pandemic has removed barriers that might typically have prevented professionals from job relocating, such as having to report to an office every day. Relocating after COVID-19 may be more seamless and easier to coordinate because most work is being done digitally. 

Whether or not you are actively seeking relocation, it is worth exploring the current benefits of job relocation. Here are four reasons that indicate relocation to pursue a new job opportunity might be a decision worth making.

#1 Career Advancement

The common assumption is there are a limited number of job opportunities available as a result of the pandemic. However, trends are showing that the opposite is true. This is especially true in the niche market space, as many companies are refilling positions and expanding their teams. Depending on the system and type of role, job opportunities may be better in a different location. To get a job that aligns with your skillset, expertise, background, and salary requirements, you may have to relocate to find the best opportunities.

#2 More Flexibility

Nowadays, organisations are more open to various remote schedules and flexible work arrangements. An increased number of businesses are also hiring 100% remote employees, which offers additional flexibility for employees. This is a huge benefit for professionals who seek more work-life balance.

#3 Increased Job Stability

Organisations that are currently hiring have recognised that they have a crucial need to hire more employees. It shows the company’s financial strength and ability to adapt and adjust during and after the pandemic. This increases job stability for those who presently work at non-hiring companies as you would move to join a stronger, more resilient and growing company.

#4 A new lifestyle

One trend that experts have noticed is the increase of people migrating out of large cities. Reasons at the start of the pandemic for this were a desire to change the living environment, or to be closer to family, some moves were forced with closures and job loss. Coming to the end of 2021 the key factor for migration of people is an opportunity to live in a place they always wanted to but felt they could not because of work. With the rise of remote and flexible work options, people can have their dream job and dream location to live. 

Time for a change?

If you are currently searching for a new job opportunity within the global downstream oil industry, visit our job page to view current job openings. You can also visit our candidate page to learn more about our recruitment process and submit your resume to connect with our experienced recruiters.