Bespoke surveys

Why Custom Surveys can be useful

Industry specific peer cuts or peer group results can be produced using Mercer’s comprehensive policy database. However, you also have the possibility to commission Mercer to run a custom survey.

Custom surveys can be useful when:

  • You want to define your own specific questions to explore issues that are not covered by traditional mobility surveys
  • You need the flexibility to define the parameters of the questionnaire and capture input that is relevant to your specific mobility objectives
  • You want the opportunity to invite selected companies that you consider as your peers/the best possible comparator group
  • You want to benchmark different qualitative and quantitative aspects of your mobility program
  • You want to survey your expatriates on their satisfaction with their assignments ,assignments, packages and your providers.

How Mercer Can help you

Mercer can help you step-by-step by helping you define what the survey should cover, design the questionnaire, contact the potential peer group, capture the relevant information and provide an in-depth analysis of the results complemented by contextual information and advice on best practices.

Benchmark Initiation

Scope & Key Parameters

Scope Definition

1. Approach: Qualitative and/or Quantitative

2. Parameters: geography, job levels, family size, types of assignments, etc.

3. Items to be analyzed (compensation, benefits, tax treatment, relocations, etc.)

Peer group selection

1. Peer companies selection

2. Peer group solicitation

3. Scope, process and timing confirmation based on peer group feedback and availability

Data Collection


1. Questionnaire design based on defined scope & parameters

2. Questionnaire review & approval

Data Gathering Process

Phone and/or live interviews with peer group participants

Answers to the questionnaire as well as contextual information gathered from participants


Results Presentation


1. Data consolidation & verification

2. Data analysis

Results Presentation

1. Results report designed according to survey

2. Presentation of the results/workshop

3. Executive summary or detailed report (depending on survey sponsor's request) provide to peer group


Examples of customized agenda topics according to your focus

  • Defining the objectives of international assignments
  • Evolution and market trends of expatriate policies
  • Benchmarking and reviewing expatriate compensation approaches
  • How to determine an international compensation structure
  • What are market practices for international local hires
  • How to develop competitive compensation policies for local plus assignments
  • Policy issues for extended business travels and commuters
  • What are typical approaches for localization policies
    • Cost of Living Allowance
    • Exchange rate & inflation considerations
    • Housing Allowance
    • Hardship Allowances
    • Mobility Premium
    • Car benefit
    • Education benefit
    • Health & benefit practices
    • Social Security & Taxes

Sample Output

Sample of analytical chart showing how aspects of a Mercer client's mobility program compare to the market averages

Sample of analytical chart showing how aspects of a Mercer client's mobility program compare to the market averages

Sample of analytical chart showing how aspects of a Mercer client's mobility program compare to the market averages

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