Mobility Policy Market Benchmarking

Why does it matter?

Can you prove that your strategy for rewarding and managing expatriates is working? Are your policies fair compared to what your competitors are doing? Can you document what you need to get support from other decision makers?

Validate your company's competitive position to:

  • Identify possible improvements and cost saving
  • Align expatriate policy with overall business objectives
  • Define policy changes necessary to remain competitive
  • Build a business case for policy changes
  • Facilitate exception management
  • Help managers understand current practices and evolving market trends
  • Calibrate your market position
  • Attract and retain the right workforce
  • Learn about innovative ideas for managing a changing mobile workforce

Policy Benchmarking

Mercer offers two benchmarking options of your typical long-term assignment policies, Desktop Review and Comprehensive Review, as well as provides a policy review and benchmarks for six alternative types of assignment.

We can also create a custom benchmarking package for your needs, whether you have one universal expatriate policy or segmented policies for various assignment and expatriate types.

Desktop Review
Comprehensive Review
Policy Elements
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
  • Incentives
  • Hardship
  • Home and host housing
  • Miscellaneous Relocation Allowance
  • Home leave
  • Taxes
  • Dependent education
  • Spousal support
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
  • Incentives
  • Hardship
  • Home and host housing
  • Miscellaneous Relocation Allowance
  • Home leave
  • Taxes
  • Dependent education
  • Spousal support
  • Demographics
  • Assignment drivers & barriers
  • Policy design
  • Program administration
  • Social Security
  • Location premiums
  • R&R
  • Security & emergency evacuation
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Airfare
  • Family support
  • Shipping & storage
  • Repatriation
  • Compliance
  • Localization
Comparators / Data Cuts
Two Cuts:
  • Regional
  • Fortune 100

Optional:

A custom peer cut of the WIAPP database may be added to a Desktop review at any additional cost

Three Cuts:
  • Regional
  • Fortune 100

  • Custom peer cut of companies of your choice (at least eight companies
Deliverables

A comprehensive report covering:

  • Relevant observations for your company
  • General market review of policy elements above, at, and below market
  • Mercer recommendations



Consultation time:

  • A half-day internal fact-finding
  • A half-day consulting review of Mercer findings and recommendations

A comprehensive report covering:

  • Relevant observations for your company
  • Custom comparator review of policy elements above, at, and below market
  • General review of cost savings opportunities
  • Mercer recommendations


Consultation time:

  • A full-day internal fact-finding
  • A full-day consulting review of Mercer findings and recommendations
  • Weekly project maintenance calls

Off The Shelf Solutions

Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices

The Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices is a comprehensive survey covering all aspects of international assignment management and has the largest participant base in the market with over 830 global companies participating. Learn More

Alternative International Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

A deep-dive into policies and practices, and examines trends for the following types of international assignments: Local Plus, Developmental/Training, Short-term, Commuter, Intra-regional, and Global nomad. Learn More

Rotator Assignments Survey and Services

Rotators are critical to the success of many companies to support challenging projects in a vast range of locations worldwide, particularly in the energy, mining, engineering and construction industries. Mercer's extensive competitive data and expertise in global mobility can help support our clients' international rotator programs

Local Plus and Location-Specific Surveys

An in-depth look at policies and practices in several locations where local plus packages are prevalent, the Local Plus and Location-specific Surveys expand on our research into alternative assignment types.

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BEST PRACTICES FOR MOBILITY POLICY DEVELOPMENT Our free guide shows how to develop a mobility policy beyond the basic allowances and benefits to a comprehensive plan for managing assignees.

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LOCAL PLUS & LOCATION-SPECIFIC SURVEYS Do you have international assignees on Local Plus packages? Find out more about current trends in our Local Plus and Location-specific Surveys to optimize your assignment policies and practices.

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Expatriate Compensation

Determining the proper compensation approach can be challenging. Written by Mercer experts, our guide to compensation approaches will provide a detailed analysis of the three main compensation methods to help you choose the right solution based on your specific needs

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Policy Flexibility

As mobility programs grow and new situations arise, companies may need to be flexible on their approach to compensation. Our whitepaper outlines the considerations, benefits, and drawbacks involved.

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