Relocation can either be a niche part of an HR professional's job, or a specific role required for large organisations. It involves helping employees to relocate if they are moving a great distance in order to take up a new role with the company.
Some large scale organisations rely on many short-term contracts from an international labour pool, for example, and will therefore offer help in the guise of a relocation officer. Organisations who are moving their workforce from one area of the country to another, or indeed to another country, may also require a relocation professional.
If you work in relocation you may find yourself:
- helping with the sale of an employee's house and the purchase of a new one
- setting up NI numbers
- registering with doctors
- setting up bank accounts
- helping with work permits and sponsorship forms
- presenting cultural support and education
This is a very rewarding role if you like helping people settle in and find their feet in a company, county and/or country.
A CIPD qualification will stand you in good stead, as will a strong degree. HR experience will be very useful, but you will also need general management and team leadership skills as well as the ability to help and guide others. You'll need a broad knowledge of the company and of the local area, as well as an in-depth understanding of current immigration requirements.
Keep an eye out for job vacancies in the HR trade press both in paper and online.