Workers in Washington D.C. appear eager to jump ship for Amazon jobs, according to a new survey. Millennials and IT employees are particularly open to considering a gig with the tech giant.
Eagle Hill Consulting surveyed more than 1,000 workers from a random sample of Washington D.C.-area employees about Amazon’s plans to open a 25,000-person office in the region. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they would consider leaving their current job to work for Amazon.
Of the millennials surveyed, 60 percent would consider taking a job with Amazon and 71 percent of IT professionals would consider leaving.
In November, Amazon announced it would split its vaunted “HQ2” between two locations: Washington D.C. and New York. Almost immediately, New Yorkers began protesting the lack of transparency in the bidding process and fretting over the impact Amazon will have in its future Queens neighborhood.
The response from the D.C. area has been markedly less charged. Amazon is even getting its own neighborhood, dubbed National Landing, in the Northern Virginia suburb selected for the project.
The majority of respondents in the Eagle Hill survey said Amazon will have a positive impact on the region overall, including job prospects, salaries, and employers ability to attract and retain tech talent. The biggest concern among workers surveyed is traffic, with 92 percent saying Amazon will negatively impact the region’s congestion.