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Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey 2016

Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey 2016

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If your organization is pursuing growth in new markets, having the right people on the ground is essential.  While attracting new talent in chosen markets is vital, leveraging your organization’s internal pool of experienced talent can be one of the best ways to achieve growth through temporary international work assignments and transfers of employees between global subsidiaries and affiliates.

These are some of the key findings from KPMG International’s Global assignment policies and practices (GAPP) survey 2016. Now in its 18th year, this annual poll continues to present benchmarking data and insights on how global companies manage their international assignment programs. 

Key highlights:

  • Fifty percent of survey participants have 50 assignees or less, while the other 50 percent have anywhere from 51 assignees to more than 1,000.
  • To support program goals, long-term and short-term assignments are the most commonly used (97 percent and 83 percent respectively).
  • In sourcing prospective international assignees, the applicable business unit drives the selection process for 93 percent of organizations surveyed.
  • The use of foreign service/mobility premiums continues to decrease in popularity, with only 36 percent of organizations providing such a benefit to their assignees.
  • In preparation of repatriating assignees back to their home country, 71 percent of organizations begin the planning process three to six months prior to the expected repatriation date.
  • Compliance with immigration laws is a key focus for organizations, with 73 percent of participants identifying the issue as being an important to critical motivation for key business stakeholders.
  • The majority (57 percent) of organizations do not currently rely on mobility management technology to manage various aspects of their program.
  • Fifty percent of survey participants are using analytics to guide their global mobility policy and decision making.

The survey allows you to view results in a variety of different ways, including: headquarters location, organization size, program size, and industry classification. It allows you to benchmark your organization in relation to other participants on numerous aspects of an international assignment program; including: assignee selection and assessment, assignment preparation and planning, talent and performance management, assignment compensation and allowances, administration and outsourcing, tax reimbursement policies, immigration, assignment management technology, as well as assignment data and analytics.

Video: Global Mobility Trends Uncovered

KPMG's LLP's (KPMG) Ben Garfunkel and Achim Mossmann share trends and insights on how global companies manage their international assignment programs, as highlighted by KPMG's 2016 Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey.

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