Relocate A Staff Member or Hire Locally? Making the Best Decision for Your Business and Employees

Relocate A Staff Member or Hire Locally? Making the Best Decision for Your Business and Employees

As your business grows and expands, there often comes a point where you might need to do one of the following things:

  1. Relocate a hire from another location because there simply aren’t any staff to be found locally.
  2. Decide whether to relocate an existing employee to a new office in another city or country or,
  3. Hire a new employee already based in that location

We understand that this decision can be challenging, with advantages and disadvantages to both options.

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the benefits and potential drawbacks of relocating an existing employee, to help you make an informed decision.



  • Familiarity with the company culture: An employee who has been with the company for some time will be familiar with the company culture and values. This can be a valuable asset when relocating to a new office, as they can help to establish the same culture in the new location.
  • Retention of institutional knowledge: An existing employee has already been trained in the company’s processes and procedures, and has developed relationships with colleagues and clients. By relocating an existing employee, you can retain this institutional knowledge, which can save time and resources that would otherwise be spent on training a new employee.
  • Cost savings: Depending on the circumstances, relocating an existing employee can be more cost-effective than hiring a new employee. For example, if the employee is already a high performer, the cost of recruiting and training a new employee may be greater than the cost of relocation.


  • Family considerations: Relocating an employee to another state or country can be a major disruption for the employee’s family. It can be difficult to uproot children from their schools and social networks, and/or to find suitable housing in a new state or country.
  • Cultural adjustment: Even if the employee has travelled extensively, they may still experience culture shock when relocating to a new state or country. This can affect their job performance and their overall well-being.
  • Visa and immigration issues: Depending on the destination country, the process of obtaining a visa and work permit for an employee can be time-consuming and complex.


At Claymore Thistle, our team has extensive experience and expertise in managing interstate and international relocations. We understand the complexities and challenges that come with relocating individuals and families and we are well-equipped to provide comprehensive guidance throughout the process.

Our approach involves working closely with your company and your employees to assess your unique needs and develop customised relocation plans that address these requirements. We can assist with administrative tasks such as visa and immigration paperwork, as well as providing support for cultural integration and adjustment to the new location. This includes help with finding suitable housing, schools for children, and access to essential services and amenities.

Our team strive to provide a comprehensive and personalised service that takes the stress out of relocation and ensures a successful transition for both your company and your employees.

Interstate Border Closures: How it Affects Your Employees

Interstate Border Closures: How it Affects Your Employees

As of midnight, on Friday 3rd April 2020 the border to Queensland was closed. This decision follows similar moves by South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. This means that anyone travelling from another state has to undertake a 14-day period of self-quarantine upon arrival.

The Queensland border closure does include  fly in fly out(FIFO) workers, but with two exemptions:

  1. If your FIFO work is critical to a projects operation such as being responsible for Health and Safety, or
  2. If your FIFO or drive in drive out (DIDO) worker is already travelling within Queensland.

Employers of large amounts of FIFO/DIDO workers have been advised to increase the length of the shifts to minimise the number of days travelling to and from work.

Claymore Thistle spoke with one DIDO worker who has had his shift changed from a five on, two off rotation to a ten on four off, but they said they had no intention of leaving the area on their off days as they didn’t want to risk getting stuck off-site and not being able to get to work when their shift recommenced.

Other employers have chosen to relocate workers before the restrictions came into effect.

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Queensland had no known cases in remote regional communities, and restricting these workers from entering the state will remove a possible transmission route.

Mining has been classed as an essential activity as it is a key part of the Australian economy and therefore there has been no decrease in the work going on around Australia and in Queensland concerning active mine sites and it is hoped that the border closures will reduce the risk to those rural populations.

Currently there is no national framework in place, although this is expected soon. This means that each State can manage its workers how they see fit, and each employer for each industry can also have their own rules.

South Australia has advised people who work on critical infrastructure, agriculture, or mining and resources are exempt to the current travel restrictions.

The Northern Territory is working on a case-by-case basis and authorities aim to minimise contact with remote and isolated communities.

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, As at 6:00am on 7 April 2020, there have been 5,844 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 100 new cases since 6:00am yesterday“.

The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “a welcome downward trend in new coronavirus cases was continuing, while testing for community transmissions will be expanded’.  No relaxation of any of the current measures in place was mentioned. The advice is still to stay within your suburb.

Up to date advice

Claymore Thistle is monitoring the Government websites for each state. If you have any questions about relocating or housing your employees at this time, or if you need assistance with your employees 14 day isolation period then please do not hesitate to contact us on +61 (0)7 3303 0393.

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