Going places: Over 25% of applicants will move for a new job

May 21, 2018

Is your career going anywhere fast? If not, you may want to join the more than one-quarter (28.5%) of job seekers on the Glassdoor website who say they would pack up and start over in a new city for an extra $10,000 over their current base salaries. The recent study was based on 668,000 online applications to the site during a typical week.

Entitled Metro Movers: Where Are Americans Moving for Jobs, and Is It Worth It?,the report  identifies the U.S. cities job applicants are most interested in moving to, as well as the cities with the biggest share of job seekers interested in leaving.

With rich data on the job search process and nearly 40 million reviews and insights on workplace factors at more than 770,000 companies worldwide, Glassdoor claims to have “a unique window into near real-time job search patterns and the cities, jobs and companies enticing today’s job seekers to move.”

The top new destination for job hunters is San Francisco, with 12.4% of those on the move seeking jobs in the seventh largest local economy in the United States. Number two on the list is New York City  (8.4%); followed by San Jose (6.9%), Los Angeles (6.8%) and Washington D.C.(4.3%). Among the rest of the top ten are Boston (3.7%), Chicago (3.2%), Seattle (3.1%), Dallas-Fort Worth (2.8%^), and Austin (2.3%).

The college town of Providence, Rhode Island, topped the list of cities with the highest percentage (52.2%) of candidates in the metro area applying for jobs elsewhere. Specifically, this means that more than half of job seekers in Providence are applying to jobs in other areas, which would likely require moving to a new city.

Three California cities are among the top five being left behind— including San Jose (47.6%), Riverside(47.3%) and Sacramento (44.4%)—along with Baltimore (45.6%). The remainder of the list includes Columbus, Ohio (41.4%), Pittsburgh (44.4%), Charlotte (37.7%), Cincinnati (36.2%) and Cleveland (35.3%).

Men and young workers are also more likely to move, according to the researchers. Men are 3.3 percentage points more likely than women to move. Similarly, a job applicant is seven percentage points less likely to move with each passing decade that he or she ages.

“Picking up your life and moving for a job is a major decision. But in a job market where workers are in high demand and many employers are eager to hire, the employers who understand where talent is heading and what influences them to consider a move will have a recruiting advantage,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, who conducted the study.

Research contact: @adchamberlain

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