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Mercer's Local Plus Survey covers global and/or regional Local Plus policies and practices, whether for permanent/one-way transfers, locally or internationally hired foreigners, localized expatriates, or international assignments of a limited (but predetermined) duration. Topics in the survey are listed below. You can order a report online by clicking your location:

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Local Plus Survey Topics

  • Trends and policy
  • Base salary approach and review process
  • Assignment Incentive
  • COLA, purchasing power adjustment
  • Tax assistance
  • Housing and Utilities
  • Hardship
  • Children Education
  • Spouse support
  • Home leave
  • Local transportation
  • Language training
  • Cross-cultural training
  • Travel to host location
  • Home finding trip
  • Shipment of household goods
  • Appliances allowance
  • Loss on sale/shipment of vehicle
  • Settling in Services
  • Temporary housing
  • Home country housing assistance
  • Housing purchase assistance
  • Immigration assistance
  • Benefits (Health, Pension, Death and Disability, Savings) 

Participation is evergreen and participants are entitled to:

  • A 66% discount on the full report, including the executive summary and a question-by-question aggregated results tables for all respondents.
  • Preferential rate access to custom cuts and consulting.

Participate in the Local Plus Survey

Location-Specific Reports

In addition, Location-Specific reports are also available from the 2016 survey and cover policies and practices for all types of foreign employees in selected locations, whether you need them for local, Local Plus, or expatriate packages.

Location-specific reports are available for the following countries:

  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

Location-Specific Topics

  • Trends & Management
  • Compensation Approach
  • COLA/Goods & Services
  • Tax & Social Security
  • Mobility & Hardship
  • Housing & Utilities
  • Children Education
  • Spouse Support
  • Transportation
  • Home Leave
  • All-inclusive allowance
  • Medical benefit
  • Pension plan
  • Death & Disability
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Language Training
  • Relocation assistance
  • Localization
  • Transfer/Repatriation/Resignation  

Location-specific Reports from our 2016 are available on line. Select your location to order:

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Participation This survey is open to new participants. Completing it entitles you to discounted report pricing.

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Localized Compensation Localized, or host-based, compensation packages can be significantly less expensive than traditional expatriate pay packages, but they must be applied with care and in appropriate circumstances. Mercer can help with developing policies and calculating packages.

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