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Global Assignment Policies and Practices (GAPP) Survey 2015

Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey 2015

For companies pursuing growth in new markets, having the right people on the ground is essential. Worldwide, more companies are drawing on the experience and know-how of their internal talent to develop business in new locations through global mobility assignments. Supporting business objectives and adapting to changing business requirements are the primary goals of these programs for the majority of companies.


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Now in its 17th year, this annual poll continues to present benchmarking data and insights on how global companies manage their international assignment programs. This year, more than 600 organizations took part in the survey.

Survey Results

  • The main purpose of a global mobility program for 73 percent of survey participants is to support business objectives and adapt to changing business requirements.
  • Overall, 86 percent of survey participants say their use of international assignees will stay the same or increase over the next five years.
  • Companies are broadening the variety of assignment types on offer to improve the flexibility and adaptability of these programs.
  • Many organizations that offer incentives for assignees to accept international opportunities are extending these benefits to dual-career couples: 21 percent offer job search support in the host country for the spouse/partner and 20 percent reimburse their education expenses.
  • Many companies struggle to track and communicate their return on investment in global mobility: 27 percent do not know how many assignees leave the organization within 12 months of returning home, for example, and 31 percent do not know departing assignees’ reasons for leaving.
  • Continuing global economic uncertainty around the world is affecting the strength of countries’ currencies, which can have an impact on international assignee compensation and assignment allowances. To account for this, more frequent review and updates of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)/Goods & Services Differential (G&S) may be required.
  • Survey participants are growing more inclusive, year over year, in how they define ‘family’ for purposes of policy benefits: 56 percent include unmarried domestic partners/companions of the opposite sex, while 50 percent include unmarried domestic partners/companions of the same sex.

How to participate in the GAPP Survey

If you have not yet taken part in KPMG’s GAPP Survey, we encourage you to do so. Your responses will enhance our overall data set of leading global mobility policy trends and practices. We welcome your feedback on the survey itself, and we would be delighted to speak with you regarding your global mobility program, current challenges and goals for continuing improvement. Please contact us via e-mail at or visit our website at

Last but not least, we are excited to let you know that in mid-2015, KPMG will launch a new technology platform for our GAPP Survey. The new survey site will feature enhanced user functionality and reporting capabilities and refreshed questions reflecting current policy focus and practices that KPMG sees in the marketplace and new content requested by our clients. We will notify you once the new survey is released and look forward to your participation.

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