Women Hesitant to Relocate

August 11, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Most women would move if the right job came along, but few would be completely willing.

Over 60% of women stated they would relocate for the right position or promotion, yet when asked how willing they would be to make the move, only 4% responded “very willing.” Additionally, 73% of women stated that they have moved for their spouse or partner, while only 9% responded that their spouse or partner moved for them, according to a CareerWomen.com survey.

Similar results were found among diversity respondents. Only 19% of this group said they would be “very willing” to move for a new job or promotion. By comparison, nearly eight out of 10 (77%) job seekers with an MBA claimed that they would move and of that, 46% replied “very willing.”

“What we heard from job seekers is that they are receptive to relocation opportunities,” said Jillian Donnelly, president of CareerWomen.com. “The striking difference in the degree of willingness tells us that job seekers think through change based on work, family and quality of life issues. For employers this is both a challenge and an opportunity to define programs for ‘ relocators ‘ that embrace the whole decision process for both the employee and their family.”