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2017 Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

2017 Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

Insights on how global organizations administer their HR programs.


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2017 Global Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

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.

The 2017 survey 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, and tax reimbursement policies. In addition, sections exploring the use of global mobility technology, data and analytics and immigration management are featured. Globally, more than 150 cross-industry organizations took part in this year’s survey.

Key highlights:

  • 50% 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 86 percent respectively), while the use of permanent transfer/indefinite lengthy assignments (61 percent) continue to increase globally.
  • In sourcing prospective international assignees, the applicable business unit drives the selection process for 89 percent of organizations surveyed.
  • The use of foreign service/mobility premiums continues to decrease in popularity, with only 37 percent of organizations providing such a benefit to their assignees.
  • In preparation of repatriating assignees back to their home country, 75 percent of organizations begin the planning process 3 to 6 months prior to the expected repatriation date.
  • 90 percent of organizations have implemented a tax reimbursement policy with 79 percent following a tax equalization approach for tax costs in relation to assignee earnings. 
  • Compliance with immigration laws is a key focus for organizations, with 78 percent of participants identifying the issue as being an important to critical motivation for key business stakeholders.
  • The majority (59 percent) of organizations do not currently rely on mobility management technology to manage various aspects of their program.
  • 51% of survey participants are using analytics to guide their global mobility policy and decision making.

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