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August 12 2013

Global Employee Mobility Assignments Expected to Increase in 2013

"More than 70% of employers expect to increase short-term overseas assignments in 2013, according to a report on expatriate policies and practices by consultancy firm Mercer. The report found 55% of employers expect to increase long-term overseas assignments and highlighted for the last two years there has been an increase in the overall number of international assignments. It found China, United States, Brazil, UK and Australia are the priority destinations in their respective regions for expatriates. The report also showed more than half of employers reported an increase of long-term (52%) and short-term assignments (53%) in 2011 and 2012. The top five reasons cited for international assignment programmes are: to provide specific technical skills not available locally (47%), to provide career management|leadership development (43%), to ensure knowledge transfer (41%), to fulfill specific project needs (39%) and to provide specific managerial skills not available locally (38%). Anne Rossier-Renaud, principal in Mercer's global mobility business said, ""Mobility and HR directors now face great complexity in the number and type of international assignments that need managing."" "