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

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CIPD research backs temporary immigration ‘safety valve’

The professional body for HR and people development's new report assesses skills and labour shortages post-Brexit. It comes as the CBI's latest Industrial Trends report shows record-high labour concerns.


The future of International Mobility

The future of international mobility

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Peter Graham, Group Director of Visa & Immigration Services, Santa Fe Relocation, speaks to Fiona Murchie of Relocate Global

Peter Graham of Santa Fe Relocation speaks to Fiona Murchie

Peter Graham, Group Director of Visa and Immigration collected the award on his behalf and spoke to Fiona Murchie about the survey and its implications from an immigration perspective.

Pandemic dampens cities' appeal to expats

The 'liveability' ratings for expatriates of almost three-quarters of cities around the world have fallen over the past year because of limitations on movement and recreation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.


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High-skilled visa reforms demanded in UK

The UK talent pool in financial services will run dry without a more relaxed immigration system, William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, has warned.
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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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Coronavirus and your employees – protecting them in an uncertain world

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