These are cost savings that can go under the radar. The use of agencies can take center stage, but not all agencies fees for management exceed $40,000, but many relocations for those position do. Find out if you have savings. Look at the 2009 hires – both using internal and external. Include promotions and transfers. Spreadsheet with req as column A, column B are any fees associated with agencies or excessive spends, and column C is the relocation costs associated. Which is the biggest number and the more frequent occurrence?
Don’t stop moving people – start thinking differently. First, explore relocation necessity and strategy. A transfer from another location using relo should be career enabling, fit a need, and increase retention. If it does not do those things, why are you moving an internal vs hiring a local external? Second – look at patterns. You may start to see options for using advance mobility solutions to change how work gets done. If you want a strategic conversation with leadership, show them how you will save X million with a mobility solution that you can staff to. They will listen.
This saved money may not be yours, but definitely take the credit for the savings.