Fewer human resources professionals characterize unemployment in their region as "high" or "excessive" in 2013 than in 2012, according to a survey by a research firm Allied HR IQ.
The 2013 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, conducted in April, surveyed 200 human resources professionals from 39 states and the District of Columbia. It highlights an uptick of confidence in the economy and explores opinions on telecommuting.
In 2013, 20 percent of HR professionals characterized unemployment in their region as "high" or "excessive," compared with 30 percent a year earlier. A total of 64 percent reported "moderate unemployment" in their area.
The survey also asked about telecommuting policies after Yahoo Inc.'s decision made headlines earlier this year. Of the companies surveyed, 46 percent allow telecommuting, but only 9 percent felt their existing telecommuting policy is strong. Also, a strong telecommuting policy is not a key draw for companies with what were deemed as "highly successful" recruiting programs.
The survey also found that 52 percent of roles require executives to be willing to relocate, and that HR professionals believe younger candidates, those 30 years of age or younger, are the most willing to move. HR professionals believe both career advancement and higher salary are the key motivating factors in employees making the decision to relocate.
Overall, 47 percent of HR professionals perceive today's workforce to be "moderately mobile," and 44 percent perceive it to be "somewhat mobile."