Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey: Three-Year Data Comparison: 2000 - 2002


April 23, 2002


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This comparative data is based on selected questions from the 2002 Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey. The data was garnered from the results of the 2002, 2001and 2000 surveys. The 2002 Corporate Relocation Survey results reflect moving activities that took place during 2001; the 2001 survey results reflect moving activities during 2000; and so on. The full 2002 Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey results and previous years' results can be found on the Atlas Web site, atlasvanlines.com.

Company size — Participating companies are listed below as small (S), medium (M) and large (L). Company size is classified as follows:

Small = Fewer than 500 salaried employees
Medium = 500 — 4,999 salaried employees
Large = 5,000+ salaried employees
Total = Of total sample

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Comparative Data : 2000 - 2002

Q. 11   

Did your relocation budget increase this year compared to last year?

"Yes" responses

Total S M L
 
2002 26% 21% 27% 35%
2001 40% 22% 42% 59%
2000 44% 40% 43% 54%
  • The numbers show a consistent drop in the number of companies who reported that their relocation budgets had increased over the year before.
Q. 19   

Compared to this year, do you anticipate that the number of employee moves next year will increase, decrease, or stay the same?

"Decrease" responses

Total S M L
 
2002 33% 35% 34% 28%
2001 23% 30% 21% 17%
2000 19% 22% 14% 22%
  • The number of companies who said they expect their relocation budgets to decrease has climbed consistently since 2000, with medium-sized companies showing the largest shift.
Q. 20   

What external factors had the greatest impact on the number of employee relocations this year?

Economic conditions

Total S M L
 
2002 77% 82% 68% 84%
2001 85% 86% 89% 81%
2000 59% 50% 52% 76%
  • Overall, the number of companies who said economic conditions made an impact on employee relocation has increased notably since 2000.

The events of September 11 (terrorism)

Total S M L
 
2002 10% 9% 9% 16%
  • The coming years' surveys will continue to track this response with a "terrorism" category.

Lack of qualified people locally

Total S M L
 
2002 21% 26% 24% 5%
2001 53% 59% 63% 38%
2000 52% 62% 50% 44%
  • The marked decrease in the number of companies who said a lack of qualified people made an impact on relocation suggests there are more people available for employment.
Q. 21   

What internal company conditions had the greatest impact on your employee relocations this year?

Growth of the company

Total S M L
 
2002 37% 35% 32% 48%
2001 63% 58% 58% 67%
2000 76% 69% 81% 79%
  • Across the board, companies have stated much less frequently since 2000 that company growth has made an impact on employee relocation.

Increased production

Total S M L
 
2002 14% 14% 11% 19%
2001 43% 40% 42% 43%
2000 55% 52% 52% 63%
  • Increased production has lost its ranking as an internal factor impacting employee relocation. Finishing in 11th place (of total sample) in 2002, increased production ranked as the fifth-most prominent internal factor affecting relocation in 2000.

Budget constraints

Total S M L
 
2002 30% 24% 38% 30%
2001 31% 25% 25% 41%
2000 37% 42% 27% 46%
  • Participants have also cited budget constraints more frequently since 2000 as an internal factor impacting employee relocation.

Closing the facility

Total S M L
 
2002 27% 24% 24% 37%
2001 26% 17% 25% 33%
2000 29% 15% 23% 59%
  • Facility closings moved from 9th place in 2000 to 5th place in 2002 (of total sample) as an internal factor that impacted the number employee moves.

Promotions / Resignations

Total S M L
 
2002 38% 35% 35% 48%
2001 72% 62% 67% 82%
2000 74% 69% 71% 83%
  • The numbers suggest there's been a significant drop in the rate of corporate promotions and resignations.

Expansion of facility

Total S M L
 
2002 22% 16% 19% 37%
2001 44% 33% 46% 45%
2000 56% 52% 60% 57%

Expansion into new territories

Total S M L
 
2002 24% 24% 16% 33%
2001 49% 23% 48% 71%
2000 64% 61% 65% 66%
  • Both facility expansion (above) and expansion into new territories have dropped significantly since 2000 as internal factors affecting the number of employee moves.
Q. 36a   

Did any employees decline a relocation?*

"Yes" responses

Total S M L
 
2002 21% 13% 26% 37%
2001 50% 37% 55% 66%
2000 39% 27% 42% 76%

* Excludes "don't know" responses

  • In 2001, the percentage of respondents (overall) who said that at least one employee had declined a relocation was greater overall than those who reported the same in 2000. But in the 2002 survey, there was a marked drop from 2001 in the number of companies who reported that at least one employee had declined a relocation.
Q. 36b   

What reasons did employees give for declining relocation?

No desire to move

Total S M L
 
2002 59% 47% 74% 50%
2001 67% 80% 55% 38%
2000 77% 83% 79% 68%

Personal

Total S M L
 
2002 62% 50% 62% 77%
2001 73% 67% 63% 66%
2000 77% 64% 90% 75%
  • The results of the "no desire to move" and "personal" responses as a reason for declining relocation fell considerably in many categories between 2000 and 2002, suggesting that personal feelings played a smaller role in the employees' decision on whether to relocate.
Q. 43   

Approximately what percentage of your company's international relocations were:*

From the U.S. to a foreign country?

Total
 
2002 28%
2001 55%
2000 45%

From a foreign country to the U.S.?

Total
 
2002 17%
2001 37%
2000 40%

* Excludes "don't know" responses

  • Participants reported overall a notable drop in transfers from the U.S. to a foreign country, and an even larger drop in the number of transfers from a foreign country to the U.S.

 

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