International Assignments

Multinational companies frequently need to send their employees on an international assignment to work in an overseas location or regional office, whether to complete a project or as part of their professional development. As businesses compete for global growth, the number of international assignments is on the rise. Read more

Whether they are long-term, short-term, commuter or project assignments, each type brings its own challenges for global mobility managers, and risks for the company and the assignee. Localisation, repatriation and business travel can also fall under the umbrella of international assignment services.

In many organisations HR managers are responsible for managing international assignments. Even if the number of international assignees is small, this is a complex area. Only a few multinationals have HR global mobility specialists. It is therefore essential for HR managers to have the knowledge to ensure that their companies are fully compliant in managing international relocation and the raft of international assignment services – such as immigration, expatriate tax and benefits, social security obligations, and international pensions – that underpin overseas operations.

This section provides practical advice and information for HR and global managers managing international teams or setting up in a new overseas dominion. It covers the latest trends in relocation policy and expatriate benefits, and points you in the direction of experts across the global mobility industry. It includes the latest news, features, how-to guides, and tools and resources to support overseas assignments and inbound relocation moves and domestic relocations. Read less

Relocate magazine Autumn 2016


Relocation policy design and review

To ensure that they have the right people in the right place at the right time, organisations that move individuals or groups of employees need to address how to provide cost-effective yet motivating benefits packages.
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Brexit strategies: how can mobility manage the challenges ahead?

Grant Thornton’s Relocate-award-winning talent mobility team manages mobility by testing assumptions and working with the business and assignees. We report on what this approach means during the post-EU-referendum uncertainty.

Accommodating short-term business visitors

Will the rise in short-term business visitors help serviced apartment providers and HR global mobility managers to ride the waves that are being thrown up by the choppy conditions of Brexit, the global economy and currency turmoil?

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Finally, Heathrow runway expansion set for take-off

After almost half a century of debate, the UK government has approved a third runway at Heathrow airport – but the decision will not be finalised until a parliamentary vote in the winter of 2017-18.
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ASAP 2016 Annual Convention keynote speakers announced

ASAP has announced Geoff Ramm and Sally Bundock as keynote speakers for the 2016 ASAP Annual Convention.

Global Mobility Toolkit: download our preview factsheet

A preview factsheet from Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit, designed to support organisations seeking opportunities in an increasingly globalised world, is now available to download.


What are the international-school options in China?

APAC is seeing rapid growth in schools thanks to economic expansion and mobility. Over-subscribed schools face competition from new contenders and local populations are keen to educate their children in prestigious institutions.
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A new era for expatriate education in China?

Rebecca Marriage looks at the impact of changes on families moving to China and what they mean when it comes to making school choices.

Securing a place at a top UK school

Relocate Global takes a look at what families making an inbound transition to the UK will need to consider when making a school application.



Immigrants and returning expats 'lead business start-ups'

Immigrants and returning expatriates are more likely to start their own business than people born in the UK and continuously resident in the country, according to a new report.
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Repatriation after US assignment top challenge for relocating families with school age children

The latest Trends in Global Relocation report from global relocation services provider Cartus, reveals the top challenges facing families moving to international relocation hot spots.
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Companies ‘failing’ expat employees returning home

Multinationals are failing to do enough to prepare expat staff for life back home when they return from overseas assignments, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.


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Health: Meeting your duty of care to globally mobile employees

Employers operating abroad or sending staff to work overseas, whether on an international assignment or a business trip, must take steps to safeguard their health, safety and wellbeing.



Relocation policy design and review

To ensure that they have the right people in the right place at the right time, organisations that move individuals or groups of employees need to address how to provide cost-effective yet motivating benefits packages.
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What has the Apple Tax ruling got to do with global mobility?

Recent initiatives by the OECD could change how global corporates pay tax, placing an increased burden on global mobility teams to monitor international assignees in order to ensure profits are allocated and taxed to specific jurisdictions accordingly.

Singapore – Forthcoming higher minimum salary requirement for employment pass applications

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has announced an increase in the minimum qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications, with effect from 1 January 2017.
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