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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Rising corruption ‘putting democracy at risk’ says Index

The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International this week finds what it calls ‘a global pattern of stagnating anti-corruption efforts and a worldwide crisis of democracy.’

Worldwide ERC®

Worldwide ERC®'s Global Workforce Symposium is the world's largest global mobility meeting. Take a look at some of the highlights from previous years and enjoy our coverage of October's 2018 event here.
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Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium gets underway

Around 2,000 delegates are expected to check-in today to one of the world’s largest global mobility gatherings, in Seattle, Washington, for three days of discussion on developments in the sector.

Global Mobility

Top 10 tips for helping an employee move abroad for an international assignment

Relocating to a new country can be a daunting prospect for employees – especially if it's your first international assignment or you are being accompanied by your family. Here are the top 10 tips to make sure an international assignment a success.
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How global mobility can help recruit and retain your best talent

As younger staff preference work-life balance over pay companies that offer work travel and postings abroad can keep young workers motivated and loyal to a business and reduce staff turnover.
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Moving to the United States – relocation or dislocation?

Relocating to the US can present unique personal and professional challenges to expat spouses. We take a deeper look at the potential obstacles and offer some advice to those relocating.

Localisation

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China’s insatiable appetite for a Western education

Well known as a relocation hotspot, China has seen an increasing demand for a western-style education in recent years. Whilst the local system provides a high standard of education, many expatriates are looking for schools teaching a curriculum that is easily transferable. We look at the options.
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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.

Repatriation

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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.
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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.

Compliance

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Assignees to be hit with post-Brexit social security bill

National Insurance cost warnings for companies sending employees on international assignments to Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic. One accountant suggests costs could more than double.

Risk

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Rising corruption ‘putting democracy at risk’ says Index

The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International this week finds what it calls ‘a global pattern of stagnating anti-corruption efforts and a worldwide crisis of democracy.’

Policy

Relocate magazine autumn 2018: out September!

Relocate magazine autumn 2018: Out Now!

The autumn conference issue of Relocate Magazine is now available with a focus on the evolving role of global mobility. In addition we take a look at post-Brexit trade partners, gender in AI and put President Trumps “America First” agenda in the spotlight.
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The impact of the Tier 2 visa system

As the Home Office confirms updates on the new Tier 2 arrangements, David Sapsted reports on the implications for globally mobile sectors and their employees.
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Towards becoming a high quality GM Programme Designer

Professor Michael F Dickmann of Cranfield University’s School of Management and RES Forum partner Andrea Piacentini take a look at the third chapter of the RES Forum’s annual report on Business Travellers and the ‘SAFE’ model of GM programme management.
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