Access to schools, being closer to family and friends and less traffic are the three top benefits for people who have relocated to the North West of the country, a new survey showed today. 

44% of those surveyed said they now travel to work in 10 minutes or less, much less that the commute time for people in the country's cities. 

The North West Relocation Survey, entitled ‘Why I chose the North West’ was carried out by national recruitment & HR services group Collins McNicholas.

Respondents also revealed that in many cases they moved to the North West to advance their careers.

At the same time they were able to benefit from an improved work-life balance that counties like Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal can offer. 

76% of respondents moved into a similar or more senior role than the one they held before moving.

According to the report, 84% of those surveyed have already bought or would consider buying property in the region. 

Living in the North West also means that people have a significantly lower cost of living and a high increase in disposable income. 

Today's report also show that 91% of those surveyed would recommend moving to the North West region. 

The region also saw positive job announcements over the last few months. 

Abbott announced 500 new jobs at its Donegal site and over 1,000 jobs were announced in Sligo by firms such as AbbVie, Phibro, Abtran, E3 Retail, LiveTiles and Overstock. 

In February, Avantcard in Leitrim and GW Plastics in Sligo announced 240 jobs between both companies. And US-based company ASG announced 100 jobs for Sligo yesterday.

Antoinette O’Flaherty, Collins McNicholas Director - North West Region, said it is no surprise that the North West is attracting such a high calibre of talent given the opportunities that now exist here.

"It’s rewarding to see that the people we have helped relocate to the region are experiencing an exceptional lifestyle while advancing their careers with global companies," Ms O'Flaherty said.

"Once people move here, it doesn’t take long for them to start building a new life as they realise the possibilities the region has to offer. This is demonstrated by the 84% of respondents who have bought or would consider buying property in the region," she added.