What is an Employee Relocation Policy & How Does it Impact a Move?

by Jenna Jun 18, 2024

There are many instances when you may be looking at moving due to an employment opportunity. Several companies will include an employee relocation policy to pay for some or all of the costs incurred when transferring to a new location.


The ins and outs of employee relocation policies depend on the company. Many employees will reject the offer to relocate while others may see this as a fresh and exciting opportunity. If both parties are happy with the relocation, then a relocation package can be drawn up.

What does a relocation package consist of? 

A typical relocation package usually covers:

  • The costs of moving and storing furnishings and other household goods. Some relocation policies may also include packing and unpacking as well as all costs for moving supplies such as boxes. 

  • The costs of transporting larger items to the new house including vehicles

  • Assistance in selling an existing home and costs incurred house hunting

  • Temporary housing and storage if necessary (up to 30 days in most instances). This can include hotel stays, AirBnB, and storage sheds for your belongings. 

  • All travel costs by the employee and family to the new location including flights, car rentals, and fuel. 

  • Visa and immigration assistance, if required. 
  • Spousal and Family Support to assist a spouse/partner with employment search, schooling for children, and orientation to the new location.

An average relocation package costs anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the move.  Some employee relocation packages will include a reimbursement while others will be a lump sum relocation payment. 

Five things to consider about employee relocation policies

  1. Be mindful of moving costs and tax. It is important to note that employee relocation packages are considered taxable income and must be reported.
  2. Every employee relocation policy will be different so it's important to review your company's policy carefully to understand what assistance and support you can expect during their move. If aspects of the relocation policy are unclear or if you need clarification on certain benefits, don’t hesitate to ask your HR department or relocation coordinator. 
  3. Be sure to keep track of every expense and document everything. Create a budget to track expenses not covered by your company’s policy, such as meals during travel or additional moving supplies. Keep receipts for any eligible expenses that may be reimbursed later.
  4. Utilise Relocation Resources: Take advantage of any relocation assistance or resources offered by your employer, such as relocation counselors, information sessions, or support for spouse/partner employment.
  5. Choose your removalist wisely. Employee relocations are a bit different to your traditional move as you may not have to worry about the costs. However, at Best Rated Transport, you can still expect the best rate regardless of whether you're moving yourself or if you are moving under an employee relocation policy. Our mission is to make your move as smooth as possible with the best customer assistance, a trusted network of movers and additional services to support you. 

Give the team at Best Rated Transport a call today to start organising your relocation. 



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