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.

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Latest International Assignments News


UK's foreign workforce declines amid pandemic

Employees from abroad comprised 16 per cent of the UK workforce in the third quarter of last year, according to report from Oxford University's Migration Observatory.



New points-based visa scheme opens in UK

Home Secretary Priti Patel hailed the UK's post-Brexit, points-based immigration system as "simple, effective and flexible" as it opened to applicants for the first time on Tuesday.

UK and Ireland clamp down on 'backdoor' visas

The UK and Irish governments are quietly cooperating to prevent overseas workers using the Republic's visa system as a backdoor way of gaining entry into Britain.
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Extreme expatriation: the challenge of newly emerging economies

Organisations expanding their operations into newly industrialising and emerging economies face several challenges, as there is typically a lack of expatriate infrastructure in place. Dr Sue Shortland highlights some of the key issues to be aware of.


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Australian immigration: clarifications for temporary visa holders

What temporary changes to temporary visa holders did the Australian government announce, as a result of COVID-19?
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