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Job relocations and employer-assisted migration

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Publication date

01 May 2003

Abstract

In spring 2002, five per cent of all moves reported by employees were attributed to job relocation. About half received financial assistance for the move from their employer.
A substantial number of employees who move between countries and regions do so without changing their employer. Some are transferred between jobs that are located at different workplaces owned by the same firm. Others move because their job is moved by their employer, while others initiate their own move to a job at a different location but within the same firm. This article looks at the role of employers in initiating or facilitating geographical mobility by transferring employees between jobs at different workplaces.
Employer-assisted migration differs from independent migration in its causes and characteristics. However, the limited scale of employer-assisted migration is likely to limit its significance for the labour market and the economy.
New questions were inserted in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in spring 2002 to provide new information on mobility due to job relocation. This article presents findings on the frequency of migration because of job relocation, the sex and occupational type of the workers involved, the distance moved, the characteristics of their employerEmployer-assisted migration differs from independent migration in its causes and characteristics, suggesting possible differences in effect. However, the limited scale of employer-assisted migration is likely to limit its significance for the labour market and the economy, and the receipt of financial assistance. It also presents some additional information on the nature and frequency of organisational migration from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).

Published in

Labour Market Trends

Volume

111: no.5, 239-246

Links

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/platforms/lmt/

Notes

serial sequence - indexed article

#506842


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