International Assignments

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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

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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

Localisation

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UK 'most expensive' for employing expat staff

For the second year running, the UK has been ranked as the most expensive country in the world for companies to relocate staff, according to an annual survey from global mobility consultancy ECA International.
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Expats still paying most in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has topped the ratings for the second year in a row as the most expensive city for expats to live in, according to the 2022 survey from ECA International.
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UK eyes pacific trade deal this year

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan believes the UK's application to join the 11-nation CPTPP trade bloc (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) could be approved before the end of this year.

Compliance

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Working remotely abroad: policy and talent implications

Since the pandemic when working from home, working remotely and working from anywhere became normalised due to the inability to travel internationally to the employment location, employees have embraced the possibilities of remote work as part of a work-life balance strategy. Dr Sue Shortland explains the policy and talent implications of supporting employee-requested international remote working.

Risk

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Policy

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