Surveys of global mobility policies and practices

Mercer's comprehensive surveys on international assignments and global mobility policies and practices keep clients up to date with current trends. From these surveys we have compiled the most robust international HR management database in the industry, from which we draw data for our global mobility policy benchmarking.

Below is a collection of our survey reports that can assist with global mobility management. Mercer also runs client-commissioned surveys that cover talent mobility issues such as expatriate satisfaction surveys, vendor assessments, and more. 

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Local-Plus Reports for Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vietnam

These reports provide comprehensive insights on how organizations design their benefit provisions for foreign employees using a local plus compensation approach. Each report contains market practices on statutory and nonstatutory benefits and captures the latest trends and data on industry-specific provisions.

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Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices

The survey explores trends in mobility program demographics, program management and policies and practices, with a special focus on long-term assignments. It offers in-depth review of the compensation, allowances, benefits and relocation support included in long-term assignment policies and can help you benchmark the management of your mobility programs and long-term assignments against those of your peers.

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2021 surveys

International Remote Working and Virtual Assignments Survey

During the COVID-19 crisis, many employees were forced to work from home, and managing a remote workforce has become a priority for companies. The need to handle the pandemic constraints, together with a growing trend for more flexibility in global mobility programs, has prompted companies to review their policies around international remote working and ensure they have the right governance rules in place. Mercer has launched a highly topical survey that aims to explore how multinational companies are approaching virtual international assignments and international remote working.

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2020 surveys

International Foreign Hires spot survey

This 10 minute survey explores frameworks, main principles, approach to provision of compensation, entitlements and benefits for International Foreign Hires. Participate by January 29 to receive a free report and benchmark the management of your mobility programs for this specific employee group against those of your peers.

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Alternative International Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

Launching in the first half of September, this survey will examine trends for the following types of international assignments: one-way transfers, developmental/training, short-term, and commuter.

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Worldwide Survey of International Assignment Policies and Practices

The survey explores trends in mobility program demographics, program management and policies and practices, with a special focus on long-term assignments. It offers in-depth review of the compensation, allowances, benefits and relocation support included in long-term assignment policies and can help you benchmark the management of your mobility programs and long-term assignments against those of your peers.

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North America Domestic Relocation Policies and Practices Survey

This survey addresses key elements of relocation programs within the United States or Canada and provides you with benchmark data to set fair and competitive policies. In-depth detail is provided on the issues involved in transfers from low-cost to high-cost locations. Three main policy types are covered in the survey: Standard (Core) Policies, Flex Policies, and Lump Sum Policies.

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Australian Domestic Mobility Survey

This survey deep dives into the trends regarding relocating employees domestically within Australia, focusing on the four main assignment types: short-term, long-term, permanent one-way, and fly-in fly-out.

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2019 surveys

Flexible Mobility Policies Survey

This report 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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Mobility Metrics and Analytics Survey

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? Our initial survey drive has completed, but you may still participate for report discounts and other benefits.

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Mobility Organization and Transformation Survey

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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Recent global mobility surveys

International Business Travelers Survey

This survey, new in 2018, digs into policies and practices put in place to address the tracking, compensation, travel, support, and insurance coverage of business travelers.

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Rotator Assignments Survey and Services

Rotators are critical to the success of the overseas operations of many companies. These unique workers support challenging projects in a range of locations and industries, particularly energy, mining, engineering, and construction. Mercer's competitive data and expertise in global mobility management can help support your international rotator programs.

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Local Plus and Location-specific Surveys

Offering an in-depth look at policies and practices in several locations where local plus packages are prevalent, these surveys expand on our recent research into alternative assignment types.

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Benefits Survey for Internationally Mobile Employees

This survey covers policies and trends in the provision of benefits to globally mobile employees by multinational companies.

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Gulf Cooperation Council International Assignment Survey

Focusing on the assignment policies and practices of organizations headquartered in the GCC, this report offers a unique data set available nowhere else in the international mobility space.

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Africa Assignment Policies and Practices Survey

The Africa Assignment Policies and Practices Survey helps companies establish assignment policies and practices as it relates specifically to long-term assignments into Africa and among African countries, regardless of the location of the company’s headquarters.

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3 guiding principles of digitalization Learn how the principles of simplification, standardization, and structure can help you create a more effective global mobility digitalization strategy.

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Transforming global mobility This point of view takes an in-depth look at the processes and technology transforming mobility across companies today: the journey toward optimization, automation, and business partnering.

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