Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices

Over 70% of companies with expat employees are very concerned with the current health crisis, according to Mercer's latest survey on business response to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, only a quarter of the 2017 WIAPP survey participants reported having a formal personal security policy/program for assignees and their families. Has this evolved?

Is the novel coronavirus impacting your daily business, processes and expat employees? How is your organization handling the global health emergency? And how do you compare to your peers with respect to risk management strategies, budget allocation, security and emergency policies, and other Mobility policy factors?

In view of the current disruption caused by COVID-19 and in response to many of our clients' requests, we have decided to extend the deadline for participation in Mercer's Worldwide International Assignment Policies and Practices survey to 31 May.

Deadline extended!

With the largest participant base in the market – more than 1000 multinational companies – the comprehensive Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices (WIAPP) addresses the most critical policy and practice elements of international assignments and answers prevalent questions in this dynamic field:

  • How are mobile workforces changing?
  • What are the trends in administering mobility programs?
  • What policy segmentation have companies implemented? What are the policy differentiators?
  • How important are certain incentives in the current economy?
  • Are companies moving toward a free housing policy, and how does that approach affect other assignment benefits?
  • How flexible are employer with some key relocation aspects such as Housing, education or home leave?

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Special focus on long-term assignments

Along with reviewing general trends and demographics in Mobility programs, the 2020 WIAPP edition puts a special and in-depth focus on long-term assignments (LTA).

Responding to the latest tendency towards assignment diversification and policy segmentation, the survey explores a range of diverse long-term assignment types and provides companies with the opportunity to thoroughly review and benchmark a variety of their LTA policies and practices, by policy element, against the relevant peer group.

Data gathered and analyzed

General mobility program trends

  • Demographics
  • International assignment program management
  • International assignment policy(ies)

Long-term assignments (LTA)

  • LTA policies
  • LTA trends and demographics
  • LTA administration

Detailed compensation, benefits, and relocation support elements for your unique or differing long-term assignment policies

  • Remuneration approach
  • Taxes and social security policy
  • Cost-of-living / Goods and services allowance
  • Mobility and hardship premiums, danger pay
  • Rest-and-recreation leave
  • Security and emergency evacuation measures
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Airfare and home leave
  • Spouse and family support policy
  • Pre-assignment support
  • Pre-assignment support
  • Relocation assistance
  • Household goods shipment and storage
  • Miscellaneous relocation allowance
  • Repatriation
  • Localization policy
  • Compliance

2017 WIAPP results

Reports from the 2017 edition are still available: the Trends and Metrics report and, exclusively for survey participants, the Long-Term Assignment Policies and Practices Report. Purchase the Global Report containing full survey results for each region and an executive summary, or get one of the regional reports.

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Flexible policies The report from our Flexible Mobility Policies Survey will help you find out how companies have introduced flexibility in their global mobility policies, presenting the prevalent approaches and how successful they have been.

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Metrics and analytics While talent mobility analytics have not reached full maturity yet, the ability to use and share relevant analytics for decision marking is an increasingly important trend that should not be ignored – but how far are you with adopting metrics and analytics for your mobility program?

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Organization and transformation This report can help you benchmark your mobility function's organization and management against that of your peers by providing an in-depth review of the services responsible for the mobile workforce management and information on how they are structured and operated.

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Policy benchmarking Participation in the WIAPP facilitates a review with Mercer's Policy Benchmarking service. We can assess your mobility program using precise benchmarking tools and report on gaps in your program that could be costing you money or valuable competitive advantage.

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