Here’s what it would take for Americans to relocate for work

Would you move for a job? Probably – everyone’s doing it. A recent survey found that almost half of workers would move for a job without a promotion or pay raise – just for a change of scenery, it seems like. Another up-to-date survey found that 62% of workers ages 18-34 would consider moving for a job.

But what are you in for when you relocate for work, and why are people doing it? Allied recently surveyed 1,000 people and found that the most common people move for work are to find a higher-paying job or career advancement (49%), to find a job closer to their family (20%), or to transfer within a company they’re already working in (11%). And 9% move because of miscellaneous reasons.

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People who move for work fall into certain age groups, the most common being between 25 and 35 (40%). The next most likely group to move for work is those aged 18 to 25 (29%). People under 35, in general, are still cementing their careers, and grabbing onto opportunities to move on and up – and maybe switch careers if they need to. Over 35, people move for work because they start to think more about family, among other things.

If you’re moving for a new job, it’s nice to have some moving help from that job. About a quarter (26%) received some kind of moving expenses, 16% of respondents received help with temporary living expenses, 12% received a discretionary expense allowance, and 9% received a lump sum for miscellaneous expenses – for anything from temporary or permanent housing to packing and moving expenses.

Some 30% reported that they received no moving assistance at all.

On the other hand, 7.2% reported that their employers even gave them funds for trips to look for housing. When it comes to employer-sponsored moving assistance, it seems to be the luck of the draw.

Employers often give new, relocating employees a very short time to move houses, move their stuff, and start their new job. Of those surveyed, 41.5% had under a month.  Almost a third (29%) had a more generous schedule of 31-60 days.

And once you’re there, there’s the biggest hurdle of all, besides killing it at your new job. How do you fit into your new city and make friends?

Getting used to a new community, city or town was the hardest part of 34% of respondent’s relocations – about the same percentage as finding a new home. And 16% found that making friends was challenging.

Overall, however, once they were settled in, the majority (55%) found the benefits of moving for a job were largely positive.

So pop a cork and celebrate your new home, new city, and your new job. Quite an adventure.