Luanda: Kwanza Devaluation
In January, Angola unpegged its currency to the USD. As exchange rates level, the cost of imported goods may rise, leading to higher expenses for expatriates.
Expert Interview Series: Yvonne Sonsino
As the Innovation Leader of Mercer's EuroPac region, Yvonne Sonsino advises companies on strategic succession planning and the perils of ignoring ageing workforce issues.
South and East Asia: Air Pollution
The onset of dry season has amplified existing pollution factors throughout the region.
Baghdad: Suicide Bombings
Two separate bombing incidents caused dozens of deaths and injuries, with no group claiming responsibility.
Western Europe: Winter Storm Damage
A severe storm in January caused damage, accidents, and travel delays in several major cities in the region.
Kinshasa: Flooding and Landslides
Flooding and landslides killed 50 and destroyed more than 450 homes.
Tunisia: Economic Protests
Protests in January against newly enacted austerity measures led to 700 arrests and one death.
Cape Town: Water Rationing
A prolonged drought in the city and surrounding areas has led to limits on water consumption, and the situation could get worse.
Mobility Matters in Davos
The World Economic Forum in Davos focuses on major global trends. Talent mobility is both subject to these trends and a way to meet their challenges.
Practical Mobility Management: What Could Go Wrong?
Here we discuss 8 common misconceptions and issues that can cause problems for mobility programs and make the job of mobility managers more difficult.
Expatriates in Hardship Locations: Dealing with Emergencies
Important things for mobility program managers to bear in mind when dealing with emergencies and hardship locations in general.
US Tax Changes
With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill Act signed into law, the IRS will release withholding guidance in January with plans to implement changes in February.
Video: Sigrid Nauwelaerts of Johnson & Johnson
Sigrid Nauwelaerts comments on Johnson & Johnson's introduction of greater policy flexibility and its initiatives for meeting talent management challenges.
Implementation of VAT across the GCC
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will implement a VAT beginning January 2018 with full implementation by January 2019.
2017 Mobility Trends in Review
2017 saw a number of trends emerge in talent mobility, posing not only challenges for global mobility managers but also opportunities.
Video: Christina Boiler on Mobility Trends in North America
Christina Boiler, leader of Mercer's mobility practice in North America, highlights three current mobility trends in the US and Canada.
Are You Doing These 5 Things to Help Gen Z Thrive?
As the generation born in the mid-90s enters the workforce, these five tactics can help employers make the most of their blended generational staff.
Making Talent Mobility Policies Work for All Employees
Are current mobility policies and practices helping to place more women and minorities in the international workforce, or are they part of the problem?
Expert Interview Series: Christopher Minett
Christopher Minett, a co-founder of The Positive Ageing Company, discusses the implications of an ageing workforce and how it affects employers globally.
Video: Lorraine Jennings on Key Trends in Mobility Across the Pacific
Lorraine Jennings, who leads Mercer's mobility business in the Pacific region, comments on key mobility trends across the region.
2017 Talent Mobility Buzzwords and Current Mobility Practices
Buzzwords tell us about mobility developments and how companies perceive and address new challenges. Here we foray into the jargon jungle to understand trends.
Video: Susan Haberman on Changes in Global Mobility
Susan Haberman comments on the shift in global mobility from long-term expatriate assignments to alternative assignment types.
Video: Mario Ferraro Discusses Key Trends in Mobility Across Asia
Mario Ferraro, who leads Mercer's global mobility practice in AMEA, discusses trends in global mobility and offers perspective on how the field is evolving in Asia.
The Path to Diversity: Women on Assignment
Women compose far less than 50% of the expatriate workforce. Gender parity is both a moral imperative and a strategic opportunity. We can achieve it.
Helping Mobility Professionals Be More Strategic: How to Implement Analytics and Metrics
Assignment segmentation and policy flexibility are driving a need for more metrics and analytics. This presents a strategic opportunity for mobility managers.
Video: Yvonne Traber Discusses Changes in Mobility in Europe
Yvonne Traber, who leads Mercer's global mobility business, discusses trends in mobility and offers perspective on how the field is evolving in Europe.
Dilemma 7: Challenges of Diversity in Non-diverse Locations
Companies are making progress on the road to diversity, but assignments to some locations pose challenges. Learn the issues and how to overcome them.
Dilemma 6: Older Expats and the Silver Revolution
Older professionals are a talent pool multinationals would be wise to leverage to meet their critical skills needs. Flexible mobility policies are the key.
Dilemma 5: Flexibility Versus Duty of Care
Companies are introducing more policy flexibility for millennial assignees, but they must balance these with their duty of care to protect employees.
Dilemma 4: The Rise of the Expatriate Gig Worker
The gig economy has created opportunities for workers and employers alike, but the arrangement poses challenges for mobility program managers.