Relocating for work - what to consider
If you’re considering relocating for a job, then the first thing we want to say is congrats on getting to a stage where you’re thinking of making an exciting move for your career and future. But (there’s always a but), you probably have a million thoughts and worries going through your head right now. Where am I going to live? How will I get to work? Will my family cope with the new surroundings? Can I bring my cat? And so on.
We have a lot of experience with managing candidates through relocation and even though we can’t give you an exhaustive list of dos and don’ts, if you are considering moving or have an offer on the table which requires a move, consider these things:
Location, location, location…
This might seem obvious but if you’re considering a new location, you need to decide what works for you. Consider things such as:
City life – if you live in a big city now, are you willing to work somewhere quieter in your new role? And vice versa, if you like somewhere quiet now, could you relocate happily to a big city?
Friends and family – if you are moving to be closer to these people, where do they live and what sort of locations could you live to be close to them?
Costs and commuting – have you considered how much it’ll cost to live in your new location? Have you considered reasonable commutes from your new office and how much it will cost to get to work? e.g. if you get a new job in central London but decide to commute from Kent, rent might be less but how much time and money will you spend commuting every day?
Local communities – you can ask your new employer to connect you with people who have relocated to work for them. It’ll be a great place to go for advice or support,
Ensure that your family and friends are on-board
The most common reason for somebody pulling out of a job move that requires relocation, is that the candidate’s family does not want to go. So, make sure to include your partner (if you have one) in the process right from the beginning and give them a chance to tell you how they feel about the idea.
Also, this may seem random, but we have seen it become an issue before. So, if you have pets and they need to move with you, you should look into how you can go about doing this as from country to country there are different quarantine rules and regulations.
Consider your new cost of living
The cost of living can vary greatly from country to country. You may need to consider the following:
Tax systems: Make sure that this covers not just income tax but other elements such as local taxes, national insurance and how tax works on things like pensions and other benefits. Try to get a breakdown showing what your net pay would be.
Housing costs: Whether buying or renting, you will need to understand the cost implications. When buying, is there any support that your new employer will be able to offer you? Also, what is the cost of buying a property (such as agency fees etc.) ?
Benefits and taxes: These differ from country to country so don’t forget to ask how systems and taxes work for things like pensions, healthcare, schooling allowances, company cars etc.
Relocating your belongings: If your new company aren’t organising this for you, you should investigate how much it’ll cost you to move belongings to a new home, especially if you have lots of furniture as international shipping can be expensive!
Healthcare – many places may have a different healthcare system to what you’re used to. You should research this before you make a move, especially if you have any ongoing conditions which require treatment and/or medication.
For differences in costs in general, from rental to restaurants to public transport and more, you can use this helpful website to compare costs of living from city to city:
There are lots of things to consider relating to where you are going to live in order to do your new role, think about:
Renting: can you exit your current rental agreement and are there any financial penalties for leaving early? What is the notice period? If you can’t exit it, when does it end?
Home ownership: are you going to sell your house? Are you going to rent it out? Are family going to continue living in it? The implications of any of these options will implicate whether you buy or rent in your new country (or a combination of both!), so it’s worth considering all options and figure out what is best for you.
Finding a new place to live: speak to your new employer, their relocation team (if they have one) or friends and family you know in your new country that can help you understand more about the property market and how you can go about finding a new place to call home. If you don’t have any of these things available to you, there’s a wealth of information available online too.
If you are relocating with children you will need to consider their educational needs, think about:
Availability of schools in the area you plan to move to and whether or not that have space for your children in their respective school classes. You should start this process early on in your considerations to make sure you can find a school place somewhere you and your children are happy with for when they move
Timescales for starting in a new school – these can vary, and some schools only have an intake once or twice a year. If this is the case, you may need to consider relocating at the right time of year (which will impact your start date) or relocating without your whole family first and your children transferring schools at the right time
International schools: these aren’t available everywhere so if you want your children to go to an international school you should check the availability of these, whether or not they have space and when your children can start. You should also make sure you build the cost of these into your plans if you aren’t offered this as part of your package. Your new employer or their relocation team should be able to offer you advice, or ask them to introduce you to another parent in the business that can advise you.
If you would like any more advice on relocation please feel free to drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help if we can.