Research shows fall in employees willing to relocate abroad

The number of employees who are prepare to relocate abroad has declined from 25 per cent in 2012 to 18 per cent in 2017, according to new research from the Canadian Employee Relocation Council.

A survey of 10,000 employees in 20 countries, carried out by Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), has revealed a fall in the number of employees who would be willing to move abroad for employment.In 2017, almost two in ten (18 per cent) employees in 20 countries said they would be ‘very likely’ to relocate for up to two years and take a full-time job in another country with a ten per cent pay increase. In 2012, the figure was 25 per cent.“At a time when many regions of the world are transitioning to knowledge-based economies, and living standards improve, it is not surprising to see a measurable decline in the number of employees willing to relocate for employment since 2012,” said Stephen Cryne, president and CEO of the CERC.

Detailed findings

Over a quarter (27 per cent) of employees said they were ‘somewhat likely’ to relocate. Just under a quarter (23 per cent) were ‘not very likely’, and three in ten (31 per cent) were ‘not at all likely’.Around 17 per cent indicated they would be willing to relocate permanently in 2017. If there was a guarantee of a full-time job, the proportion indicating they were ‘very likely’ to relocate increased to almost three in ten (28 per cent). The figure dropped significantly if there was no guarantee of full-time employment (7 per cent).At three in ten or more, those working in marketing, advertising or public relations (32 per cent), arts/entertainment/recreation (31 per cent), aerospace/defence (31 per cent), mining/natural resources/forestry (30 per cent), and the oil and gas industry (29 per cent) were the most inclined to say they were ‘very likely’ to consider temporary relocation for up to two years with a 10 per cent increase in salary.Those who were most enticed by the prospect of relocation for up to two years included senior executives and decision-makers (24 per cent; –6 points compared with 2012); those under the age of 35 (25 per cent; –3 points); business owners (23 per cent; –5 points); and those who were unmarried (22 per cent; –5 points).