Tech workers are willing to pack up and move for the right job, especially if it’s to an area with low cost of living, a desirable climate and shorter commute times, according to a new study released today by CompTIA, an industry trade association based in suburban Chicago.
Based on a survey of more than 900 IT professionals conducted in April, the association says 78 percent of tech workers would consider leaving their current city for a new job, citing affordability (60 percent) and local economy (56 percent) as the top two reasons for pulling a relo.
“It’s clear that tech talent is mobile—especially when lured by affordable housing, reduced traffic congestion and better weather,” said Nancy Hammervik, CompTIA’s executive vice president of industry relations. “Our findings should give confidence to cities outside of the traditional tech hubs and provide a blueprint for recruiting and retaining top talent, including younger workers who are looking to put down roots and buy a home.”
The numbers also suggest that slightly more than half of the respondents are less inclined to move to high-tax locations, and that long commute times can also be an inhibitor. More than 93 percent of women say job location is important with 55 percent saying it is very important. Only 43 percent of men say location is very important.
While the data demonstrate a willingness to relocate for a new job, they also underscore that applicants will likely do their due diligence prior to committing to a new location.