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

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The second round of changes to Australia’s employment-based immigration, permanent residence and citizenship rules are to take effect on 1 July 2017 as the country begins an immigration overhaul.
As nations sever ties with Qatar, how will it affect mobility?

As nations sever ties with Qatar, how will it affect mobility?

As Saudi Arabia, the UAE and several other nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar over terrorism allegations, how will the results affect global mobility, business travel and shipping in the region?
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Singapore cements reputation for quality of life: study

Singapore ranks highest among Asia-Pacific countries for quality of life on the latest Mercer 'Quality of Living' index.
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UK voluntary Living Wage rise welcomed, but caution on inflation

Kicking off Living Wage Week, the Living Wage Foundation has announced the UK’s new voluntary national Living Wage rates of £8.45, rising to £9.75 for London.

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Mid-life pension MOTs on road to longer working lives

Former CBI Director-General John Cridland has published his review into the State Pension Age (SPA). It recommends raising the SPA, options for people unable to work in later life and mid-career pensions planning advice.

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.


Cutting ties with Qatar: what’s the effect on mobility?

Cutting ties with Qatar: what’s the effect on mobility?

As seven nations in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar over terrorism claims, Move One looks at the likely disruption to routing and shipments in the region.



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CIPD joins High Pay Centre to advocate ethical executive pay

The professional body for HR and people development and the think-tank respond to the government’s green paper on corporate governance with a call for a “major rethink.”
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Is a core-flex policy the answer to global mobility needs in 2017?

A phalanx of new reports suggests locally-focused and flexible mobility policies are increasingly the policy solution of choice for companies looking to best match employee and employer needs. Here, Lisa Johnson, global practice leader of Crown World Mobility's consulting services, outlines the advantages to a core-flex approach.
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Global mobility needs to be more flexible, says Cartus survey

Global relocation support provider Cartus has released its seventh "Trends in Global Relocation" survey, showing cost concerns and the need for greater flexibility as the most influential factors.
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