I live in a major UK city, and accepted a graduate job offer from a company in a tiny town 25 miles away. As it is a graduate job, I thought relocation packages are not normally offered and didn't even ask.
At the moment I am commuting by train but it costs plenty of money and takes a lot of time, and I am considering moving to the same town as my job. Not a cheap thing to do but I thought it would be a good investment in terms of saved time and money.
And then my colleague accidentally mentioned, that he asked for relocation packages before signing the contract and they gave him without hesitations (£1000, he lives a little bit further than I do). d'oh. I didn't even ask.
So my question is, is it professional / ethical to ask HR for relocation package after I started working? Because apparently the package is fairly standard in this company, and it's a cash rich, large (1000+ employees) company, not a tiny startup in early stage.
On one hand, some financial aid would be very nice as I just graduated. On other hand, I don't want to look unprofessional or anything like that for a chance to get a couple of weeks wage.
My plan was to ask HR if they do offer relocation packages (straight to the point). If the answer is no, I am not sure about any counter-argument.
Saying that 'it shows my commitment' (there are hardly any other jobs in that town) sounds a bit unprofessional. And saying that 'I know some employees of the same level as me received' might sounds like I'm into gossiping and drama (not great either).
Thanks a lot!