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How far are you willing to travel to find work?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by NoCompanyIT, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. NoCompanyIT

    NoCompanyIT Nibble Poster

    Some people have strong ties (house with mortgage/family/partner) making it more difficult to travel or move to find work.

    Some people are not really motivated in their career and so are less likely to branch out.

    Ok so the poll didn't work.

    Do you only look within your local city?
    20 miles outside?
    50 miles outside?
    100 miles outside?
    200 miles outside?
    Anywhere in the country?
    Anywhere in Europe?
    Anywhere in an English speaking country?
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  2. Jiser

    Jiser Kilobyte Poster

    Ill travel anywhere for a good job.
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  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    I would only normally look for a job in and around Newcastle. I have recently started looking for another job and would travel further to say Durham and Sunderland but no further due to having a house and my roots firmly in the North East and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Plus the wife wouldn't move. This does cause me problems as Newcastle isn't know for it's abundance of well paid IT jobs.
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  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I'll travel anywhere worldwide for the right job.

    In the past I have relocated for my job twice, I've also lived in hotels for long periods of time, and when I don't relocate I normally have a commute of at least 50 miles each way. Thats the reality of most IT jobs in my experience, unless you live in a major city.

    You work in IT AND have time for a wife ! :blink

    One project I worked on two developers lost their gf's because they never saw them. Another guy got accused of an affair !
  5. Metalstar

    Metalstar Kilobyte Poster

    I can't say I have a fixed limit but I'd probably draw the line at travelling more than 3 hours each day. Fortunately I live in a fairly large town and less than 10 miles away from Manchester City Centre.

    I quite often cycle in so I suppose I could work anywhere within a 20mile radius . . provided I could get a shower at the office!

    Having said that, for the right job, I would be willing to relocate.
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  6. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    and a very naughty 15 month old son lol

    I think it depends on your job as well. Say if you are a specialist on some technology then you can travel to an office and stay for however many days until your finished and then travel back. Being in 2nd line support that just wouldn't work. I am hoping to move on from support in the next 2 years or so when I complete my MCSA and MCITP certs.
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  7. Sk1ppy

    Sk1ppy New Member

    50 to 60 miles or 1 hour commute. Currently do Darlington to Newcastle which is 30 to 45 mins on the train then a 20 min walk to/from home and 5 min to/from Newcastle..
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  8. Rachael_B

    Rachael_B Nibble Poster

    In my last job I travelled all over the country and I hated it - I missed my family alot and spent hours on the road. I'm lucky in that I now live and work in Darlington (I may even know you Skippy! :) ).
    I would maybe consider travelling to Newcastle or Sunderland areas in future but hopefully I will never have too.
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  9. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    It depends, relocation may be an option for the right job. However generally speaking up to 45mins.

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  10. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I turned down relocation to Atlanta (about 240 miles away) when Self Test bought out Transcender because the cost of living was WAY higher than the paltry salary increase they offered for me to relocate.

    I currently travel 35 miles each way... at the worst, about an hour-ten... at best (which is usually the case), about 35-40 minutes. The more you love your job, the more you're willing to travel for it.
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  11. Andrzej

    Andrzej New Member

    I've landed my job just 2 weeks ago though at the moment I work from office but was told that it will involve travelling around the country to sites.
    well for as long as it's what i like to do don't mind but gues at one point I'll dream about proper holliday 8)
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  12. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    My commute is pretty much the same as BM - 30 miles, 40 minutes on a normal day, an hour and a half at the very worst (hey, it's the M6).

    I would say an hour commute (on a normal day) would be my upper limit - so theoretically with where I live, that could land me a central London job. Anything more than that, and you're looking at seriously detracting from home life (especially when the traffic / transport is bad).

    I have one of the longer commutes in my office - though I was quite, quite humbled by a chap that works in our Dubai office. He commutes 92 miles. Each way. Every day. 184 mile round trip :eek: But I've heard good jobs are hard to come by for certain ethnic groups out there, so clearly he has landed one to support his family well.
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  13. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    I must be the lucky one!

    I live and work in Durham, my house is aproximately 4mins walk from the office! I do still have to drive most days though as I'm out and about around County Durham.
  14. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

    I work around 10 minutes from my house which was an act of god I must say haha. I really would travel anywhere in the world for the right job. I'd love to work abroad in IT, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, Kenya or somewhere like that. Pay me enough and I'll go wherever you want me to go.

    I know someone that travels from Nottingham to Chorley every day to the office.
  15. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    I'm on my own so have no immediate family ties. I'll look at anything up to an hour and a half drive each way (distance will depend on location/traffic). Having run my own business I'm used to long hours. The only problem is ensuring the pay covers the travel costs.
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  16. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I travel about 12 miles or so on the tube in London (Zone 6 to Zone 1), and door-to-door is about 1hr 10 or so.

    If I was to drive, I'd say 40 miles each way would be OK, by train, anything up for 2 hours really, as long as I didn't have to change trains 5 times (ie, not via the tube!)

    As for overseas - I'm applying for a job at the moment that requires at most 4 weeks away in virtually every country in the world...... hope I get it, sounds exciting!
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  17. Ence

    Ence Kilobyte Poster

    It did take me 1hr 20mins two train one bus. If I could had afforded a car 25min max.
    mm I'm in no rush to work in the city London or Docklands again.

    I got some mates working in Dubai I may need to follow
  18. XDA

    XDA Bit Poster

    I travel 60 miles a day to and from the office. Thats involves leaving scotland and entering england!! :eek: :D

    I dont have any ties. I live with my brother, and my parents didnt live all that far away so I could move to anywhere in the UK if I found the right job.

    Im a field engineer anyway, so I spend most of my time on the road.
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