Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices

2023 edition | Participate by 31 March!

The recent social and economic crises are prompting organizations to review their global mobility strategies and policies. Accelerated digitalization and increased importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are among this year’s key megatrends impacting companies and HR teams worldwide.

One of the most comprehensive and established market surveys of its kind, our Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices (WIAPP) helps you uncover the current trends in global mobility programs and long-term assignment management to gain actionable insights and benchmark your approaches.

The 2023 WIAPP survey edition comprises two separate questionnaires focusing on two key aspects:

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Strategic mobility management

Digs into the why and how of global talent mobility programs, their direction and how they fit within broader company strategies.

  • What drives international talent mobility
  • Where mobility management fits within an organization
  • How it relates to talent management
  • The organization and responsibilities of the mobility function, including operating models, digitalization and technology
  • Demographic trends
  • International assignment policy framework trends
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Long-term assignment policies and practices*

Explores long-term assignment (LTA) policy and practice trends and how they have evolved since the 2020 survey edition, run during the pandemic.

  • LTA trends and demographics, policy frameworks and program administration
  • Remuneration approaches
  • Tax, social security and compliance
  • Allowances and benefits including cost of living (COL) / goods and services (G&S), housing, education, transportation and more
  • Hardship / quality of living (QOL) premiums and rest-and-recreation leave
  • Security and emergency evacuation measures
  • Pre-assignment support and relocation assistance
  • Repatriation and localization
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*Long-term assignment is defined as an assignment for an existing company employee to live and work in another country, accompanied or not by their family, for a definite period of time between one and five years, after which the assignee is either repatriated, localized or sent on another assignment.

What do you gain by participating in the 2023 WIAPP survey?

The survey results will help you identify the current trends and evaluate your mobility program competitiveness and market positioning against the relevant peer group.

Participate by 31 March to benefit from:

icon of a starComplimentary executive summary of the results of the survey completed

icon of a starAccess to the full reports with a 66% discount (saving $1,000 on each survey you completed!)

Survey participants can also order custom cut benchmarking reports for tailored insights and company positioning.

Good to know:

  • The 2023 WIAPP survey consists of two questionnaires: Strategic Mobility Management Survey and Long-Term Assignment Policies and Practices Survey. You may take one or both of them, gaining access to participant benefits relative to the questionnaire you have filled. Different members of your organizations may be best positioned to fill each of the questionnaires.
  • You can fill the surveys online at your own pace. The interactive questionnaires will chart your progress, allowing you to take a break at any point and resume at your convenience.

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Order the 2020 WIAPP report to access insights!

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).

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Responding to the recent tendency towards assignment diversification and policy segmentation, but also run during particularly challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey explored a range of diverse long-term assignment types, providing 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.

Order the full report to learn more about the latest trends in mobility program management or contact us to purchase a custom cut report including data from a peer group of your choice.

Key 2020 report highlights

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Managing tax and tax compliance (58%), cost containment (48%), and managing exceptions (43%) remain the three principal challenges in long-term assignment management.

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Multinational companies are reinforcing their relocation assistance, with a higher proportion of respondents, compared to the 2017 findings, providing home-finding assistance (up 4 percentage points (pp)), school-finding assistance (up 6 pp), support opening a bank account (up 6 pp) and settling-in assistance (up 5 pp).

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Female assignees represent only 20% of the international assignee population, although with a steady upward trend compared to 14% in 2017 and 11% in 2015.

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The top three factors that can cause an assignment to fail remain: difficulty adjusting to the host country (38%), poor candidate selection (37%), and spouse or partner’s unhappiness (34%).

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Participate now! Participate by 31 March to receive a complimentary summary of the results, discounted access to the full reports and benefit from participant-only benchmarking opportunities.

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Free webinar 25 May 2023

Join us live to uncover the latest trends in strategic global mobility management with highlights of our 2023 WIAPP survey findings.

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Alternative International Assignments Survey This survey focuses on trends and policies and practices for managing short-term assignments, commuters and one-way transfers, complementing Mercer’s WIAPP survey.

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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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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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