The realities of relocating for a job

Relocating for a job

The realities of relocating for a job

Sometimes the right job isn’t just the suburb over. Here we look at the realities of relocating for a job.


The ‘who’ of relocating for a job


In the 2016 census, young people were recorded as the group most likely to move for a job.

For those relocating within Australia, QLD was the most common destination for people moving from New South Wales and the Northern Territory. While individuals originally from South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania were more likely to move to Victoria.

As a result of the pandemic, these numbers have inflated and are no longer concentrated in just one category. In fact, there’s an influx of people moving with many choosing to move to a regional market outside of the major cities.

In 2020, the ABS tracked the largest inflow of Australians moving to regional areas from capital cities since records began. These 43,000 Australians were from all walks of life: single, young families, couples, and down-sizers.


The ‘why’ of relocating for a job


Culture, opportunity, and lifestyle are the leading factors for people to choose to relocate for a job. Particularly for those that moved to a regional market in the last two years.

Other important factors:

  • Personal satisfaction
  • Career growth
  • Valuable location
  • Salary or benefits



What to expect when you relocate for a job


    1. Account for the stress of the move


Moving is not anyone’s favourite experience. At least, not the packing, carrying, and unpacking. Whether big or small, consider all elements that must occur for a successful move to take place — and if you’re prepared to follow through.

This includes things like transporting your pets, ending gym memberships, or redirecting your mail. It also includes big items like finding new schools, new doctors and making new friends and networks.


    1. Account for a new cost of living


Do your research on the cost of living in the new location. The salary package may wow you in initial negotiations, but it might fall short when you account for expenses in the region. Look up rent, transportation and food costs to get a good gauge on what is a liveable amount for you.


    1. Ask the company about their support


As part of your package, the new company may offer financial assistance to help with your move. This could cover shipping of anything you are taking with you or paid temporary housing while you find your feet. Regardless, be clear on what’s included in your package while negotiating.

If this isn’t on the table, be sure to ask for assistance finding temporary housing for at least the first month. Some companies are prepared to go to extra mile and attend rental inspections on your behalf.


    1. Consider the effect on your family


Whether you’re moving with or without family, your relocation will influence those relationships. Is your relationship solid enough to move with a spouse? How will children react to a big change? Do you have elderly relatives you won’t be able to visit regularly anymore? Will you be able to maintain friendships despite the distance? Your personal circumstances will affect your determinations on this.


    1. Consider negotiating


If you determine the role is great, but relocation isn’t, talk to your hiring manager. They may be open to other options like a trial period, remote work or a hybrid model which will see you commute to the office for only a portion of the year.


Related: How to choose between multiple job offers, Moving to a regional market: What to expect, Workplace flexibility: What does it really mean?