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

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Talking Brexit

How will the UK’s exit from the European Union affect global mobility and multinational companies needing to move talent across borders?
Re:US Focus

Mobility USA: in good shape?

As the presidential election approaches and repercussions from the UK’s vote to leave the EU continue, Relocate Global assesses the state of global mobility and domestic relocation in the USA.
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Reality and expectations of the global mobility function

As the global mobility profession specialises increasingly in operational complexities, its desire to work more strategically is being left behind.

Latest International Assignments News

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Global Mobility

Singapore voted best for expats HSBC

Singapore rate best for expats for second year

Singapore has been voted the best overall global destination for expatriates for the second year running in HSBC's annual Expat Explorer survey.
Re:Trends_1

Reality and expectations of the global mobility function

As the global mobility profession specialises increasingly in operational complexities, its desire to work more strategically is being left behind.
Re:US Focus

Mobility USA: in good shape?

As the presidential election approaches and repercussions from the UK’s vote to leave the EU continue, Relocate Global assesses the state of global mobility and domestic relocation in the USA.
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Localisation

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.
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Repatriation

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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.

Compliance

Ghana business

Ghana – enforcement of company obligations

As of Monday 1 August 2016, the Ghanaian Registrar of Companies will enforce financial penalties for any local entity that has not filed Annual Returns or renewed their company partner registration.
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Risk

Are your employees prepared for their relocation to Africa?

TheMIGroup - Are your employees prepared for their relocation to Africa?

Given the broad cultural, political, language, and religious diversity within Africa, proactively implementing mobility best practices can help mitigate potential issues and ultimately ensure assignment success for both the employee and the corporation.
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Policy

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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

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.
MOVE Guides Exception Management

Exception management – The unexpected costs and benefits

Companies generally have relocation and assignment policies to govern what an employee will and will not receive during their assignment, amongst other aspects.
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