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A Closer Look at Prevalent Alternatives to Long-term International Assignments

The Alternative International Assignments Policies and Practices Survey (AIA) offers an in-depth look into policies and practices governing four alternative types of international assignments:

  • Permanent / One-way Transfers
  • Talent Development
  • Short-term
  • Commuter

Participation Now Open for the 2018 Edition

The 2018 survey edition is open for participation from 30 January to 26 March. Participate in any or all of the four assignment type questionnaires. For each one you complete, you will receive a free executive summary and a 66% discount on the full report of that assignment type, plus exclusive access to customized reports of the data.

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Participation is also now open in our new International Business Traveler Survey.

Data Analyzed

For each assignment type, the survey examines:

  • Recent trends
  • Policy and administration
  • Compensation approach
  • Living costs
  • Tax
  • Housing and utilities policies
  • Mobility incentives and Hardship
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Travel and home leave
  • Flexible benefits and lump sums
  • Other support
  • Benefits

Reports from the 2016 Survey

These reports examined trends in global mobility and built on Mercer's database of custom benchmarking solutions. Six reports focusing on specific assignment types (permanent transfers, short-term assignments, talent development, commuters, global nomads, and intra-regional transfers) are available, plus a Global Executive Summary Report, which offers a comparative look at trends and management of these alternative assignment types.

Notable Trends in 2016

  • Segmentation and policy combination increasing compared to our last survey edition: 18% of all respondents have formal policies for four or more of these alternative assignment types, 20% for three, 34% for two of them and 27% only for one.
  • More than three quarters of the respondents have permanent / one-way moves.
  • Average commuting duration is similar to 2013 but more companies now limit the duration of these assignments.

Find out more by ordering a report today.

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Participate Now Finish one or more of the AIA survey questionnaires by 26 March for a free executive summary and discounted report pricing.

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2016 Participant? If your company took part in the 2016 edition of this survey, your responses have been pre-loaded to the 2018 edition. Use the form below to request access to your prior responses, enter any updates, and finish the survey faster.

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