Localized and local plus assignments

Many companies have embraced localized, or host-based, pay in order to meet their global staffing needs. These types of compensation packages can sometimes be significantly less expensive than traditional expatriate pay packages, but they must be applied with care and in appropriate circumstances.

The process of transferring an employee who used to be under expatriate remuneration terms and conditions to local conditions

Local or host-based approach
A compensation approach intended to integrate the employee into the local market structure by paying him or her according to the local market rate

Local plus
Local employment conditions with supplementary expatriate benefits and allowances

Hybrid approach
A compensation approach applying the higher of the home and host country approaches, depending on the home/host location combination a net to net calculation comparison is done

The Mercer advantage

As a global leader in talent management, Mercer’s expertise and extensive compensation data on international assignments and local salaries let us help you build effective policies and provide equitable host-based compensation packages.

Set your policy

More than 60% of multinationals use some form of Local Plus approach, yet only about 40% have a Local Plus policy. Local Plus is a cost-effective but complex method that requires the balance of a systematic approach and flexibility.

Mercer works with multinational companies to develop policies that find this balance, informed by our experience working with the largest multinationals on their programs and by decades of research into assignment policies and the latest trends in alternative assignment practices.

Mercer can help you:

  • Navigate between the different localization options
  • Assess salary differentials in over 125 countries using Mercer’s Total Remuneration Surveys (TRS) and evaluate potential compensation gaps between the home and the host locations
  • Understand local benefits, social security/pension practices and how they could impact international assignees
  • Determine what “plus”, if any, should be added to the host local package and set a consistent approach for local plus packages globally
  • Design a consistent global localization or local plus policy that combine fixed core assignment package components and more flexible country specific benefits

    Build local or local plus packages

    To send an employee on a local plus assignment or transition an expatriate to a localized package, you need accurate, competitive salary data for the market and job level, and to understand and be able to explain each part of the package. With Mercer’s guidance, policy benchmarking database, and peerless compensation data for international assignments and local salaries, you can be sure your package offer is equitable, competitive, and in in line with your long-term strategic objectives.

    Learn about Compensation Localizer

    Policies and practices data Our Local Plus and Location-specific Survey reports have the latest policies and practices trends in these assignments, plus location-specific reports on five assignment locations where this compensation approach is most prevalent.

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    Compensation Localizer Streamline how you calculate local plus packages. With local salary data from our International Position Evaluation (IPE) database, Compensation Localizer allows you to calculate a new offer or compare a proposed package to current compensation, even suggesting what “plusses” might be necessary for local plus, and for how long. With Compensation Localizer, you can prepare a clear, concise report in as little as ten minutes.

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