Going to work in another city: who is willing to do so and why?
1Four out of every ten workers in Spain – whether they are in employment or seeking work – would be willing to go to live somewhere else. Of this group, nearly half have concrete plans to change their place of residence within the next year.
2Willingness for mobility is higher among young people, males, people who have not yet formed a family, those born abroad and those in a less stable employment situation or unemployed.
3Work, income and professional career are the main reasons that lead people to consider their mobility, whereas family responsibilities and leaving family and friends behind are the most common obstacles.
4To be acceptable, a job offer far from home requires better remuneration, contract stability and possibilities for professional promotion, as well as favourable job and housing markets at the destination.
The inter-regional mobility of workers is explained, above all, by their employment situation and professional career. Therefore, it is normal that, after the area where they live, most workers prefer a destination where they perceive that there are more and better opportunities.