09 July 2019
InterNations Business Solutions, the global expat network, found that both overseas assignees and international hires (people who find a job abroad on their own or are hired by a local company), as well as any ‘trailing spouses’, fared less well in the UK than the support on offer in many other countries.
“Countries such as the Netherlands excel in supporting global employees,” says the latest Expat Insider Business Edition Country Focus report. “They set a benchmark for employer assistance and show that employees that are better supported with their relocation and integration experience an easier, shorter adjustment period and a higher satisfaction with life in general.”
The report, which looks at nine different types of relocation support that global employees and their partners receive from companies, found that international hires working in the UK were particularly badly served by their companies compared to their contemporaries elsewhere in the world.
And while foreign assignees sent by their companies to work in Britain were found to receive some benefits, specifically as far as moving and financial compensation was concerned, their overall employer support was still low compared to other countries. The report looks at the situation of expats working in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE, and the US, in addition to the UK.
“When it comes to benefits for international hires around the world, international recruiting can often learn from global mobility management. In the UK, however, the support for foreign assignees is also below average,” said Theresa Häfner, head of business solutions at InterNations.
“Companies in the UK are in need of skilled professionals from abroad but in order to stay competitive in the war for talent, they have to support them more.
“Moving abroad comes with organisational as well as emotional challenges. Especially with the current situation in the UK, employers need to understand the relevance of both practical and personal support for their employees, if the country wants to stay an attractive destination for global talent.”
Among the survey’s findings: