It’s no secret that 2020 was a tough year for everyone, and in the mobility industry, many of us experienced slowdowns and cutbacks due to travel restrictions that cast uncertainty on our ability to safely relocate employees.
However, I feel like our industry is primed to bounce back. It might be a gradual process — 2021 is likely a year of recovery with 2022 looking more like “normal” — but I think positive signs exist, such as the beginning of the vaccine rollout and economic indicators that look much better than they did last spring.
Another good sign? Job growth within our industry. As job site Indeed notes, postings for “relocation assistant” increased 600% between 2017 and 2020. That makes it the fastest growing job in that time period, outpacing travel and telemetry nurses, as well as real estate agents (another good sign for mobility).
Here’s how Indeed describes the role:
Relocation assistants typically work for consulting companies that help businesses relocate current or newly-hired employees. Relocation assistants often help consultants with administrative duties while learning the relocation industry, as it is typically an entry-level job. They may learn about real estate, transportation of household goods and how to review contracts.
While everyone in the relocation industry uses slightly different job titles and duties, the tasks described above should sound familiar to pretty much any company. And the fact that there’s been such high demand for these types of roles the past few years suggests to me that mobility is ready to take off again.
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This industry has seen recent growth as companies headquartered in places with a higher cost of living—such as New York City or San Jose—were drawn by lighter tax burdens and a lower cost of living to secondary cities like Austin, Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix. In 2020, local governments also sought relocation assistants to help low-income citizens facing eviction or homelessness during the pandemic.