New year, new job – relocating for the perfect role
At 5.7 percent, the South West has the lowest rate of unemployment of any region in the country, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.
So is Bristol and the surrounding area the place to do business, or should the unemployed look further afield for their next job opportunity?
And with the New Year likely to bring with it a fresh impetus to a lot of job hunters, it could be that some people are considering upping sticks and finding a new place to do business.
But recruitment experts believe Bristol remains a good place to work and that chances for new employment are plentiful in the region.
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Leah Burrows, director at Clifton-based firm Flair 4 Recruitment, said: “There aren’t so many candidates in Bristol who are keen to relocate as there is a busy job market in the city. However, some applicants are drawn by the allure of London for niche careers.
“We find the situation varies greatly from candidate to candidate, depending on their personal circumstances – access to a car, financial situation, and so on – but on the whole, most candidates will travel for up to around 30 minutes. Not many would go beyond this for a commute.
“Usually it is graduates who are most likely to relocate as they are yet to form any real attachments to a location – they are very flexible and open to ideas. The other category of candidate who will consider relocation, and even abroad, is the more experienced candidates at the upper end of the salary scale, as their preferred roles are scarcer.”
The national picture suggests that a significant proportion of the workforce is looking to move abroad for work.
According to Change Recruitment Group’s research, almost a third of workers nationally, 31 per cent, are thinking about working abroad with one in six having plans in place to do so.
When asked where they would be prepared to go, half (50%) said they would happily go and work in emerging markets for the right career opportunity and remuneration.
A further sixth (18%) would consider working in an emerging market, but confessed to having concerns about security issues with some locations.
The same study revealed that a quarter of UK workers (26%) feel that their career has either stood still or gone backwards over the past two years. Whilst two thirds (64%) think that their career would have progressed further had the UK not seen a recession.
Laura Drysdale, Change Recruitment’s international managing director said: “There are significant opportunities, both in established and emerging markets for workers willing to take the plunge. For many, it is not just about the remuneration benefits, but the lifestyle and opportunities to progress careers much faster.
“The tough job market in the UK has certainly peaked interests in moving abroad for many young workers with big ambitions. We are currently seeing demand for candidates in Africa and the Middle East.”