Corporate women are becoming increasingly willing to relocate to achieve career goals, according to a survey by a management recruitment firm.
The woman most likely to relocate is single, has moved on behalf of her work previously, is between the ages of 25 and 44, and earns between $25,000 and $44,999 annually, according to a survey by Boyden/Management Woman, a firm that specializes in recruiting women managers.
The company surveyed 440 career women. Although there was no earlier data with which to compare the results, Anne P. Hyde, a founder of the firm and one of the authors of the survey, said the survey results indicate a greater willingness among women to move for career advancement.
"In terms of meeting with women in 1973 compared with meeting with women in 1981, there is more awareness that in order to advance you often need line management experience, and that isn't always available in the same town as corporate headquarters," she said.
Among other findings, the report noted that "contrary to the popular conception, the study produced evidence that many husbands and companions are a help, not a hindrance, to women facing a relocation decision . . . in cases where the couple shared a common philosophy toward both partners' careers."
Of the married women responding to the survey, 71 percent said "no" when asked if they ever had turned down relocation assignments because their husbands refused to follow. Only 29 percent said that they had turned down jobs on that basis.
To a question about whether their husbands or companions ever had turned down a job because the woman refused to relocate, 70 percent said "no" and 30 percent said "yes."
Of the women who had been asked to relocate (59 percent), 40 percent had eventually agreed to relocate and 60 percent had refused.