Expats

Unusual Christmas Traditions to learn when Relocating

Unusual Christmas Traditions to learn when Relocating
Sophie Watkins, December 14, 2018

Here in the UK, Christmas means putting up the tree, hanging up your stockings, and tucking into turkey on Christmas Day. However, this is not the case elsewhere in the world. If you are thinking of relocating to a new country, and spending the festive period overseas, why not take the time to learn some local Christmas traditions? From Goats, to Witches to Fried Chicken, here are some of the more unusual Christmas time traditions from around the globe!

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Data & Technology in Global Mobility

Data & Technology in Global Mobility
Katie Smith, November 2, 2018

Ahead of The Global Mobility Executive Roundtable…

Global Mobility Pressures

Global Mobility is subject to rapid and frequent change. International HR and Global Mobility teams are consistently being asked to reduce costs; as international business presents an increased need for a mobile and diverse workforce, mobility policies become progressively complex. A good way of addressing this is the open sharing of information between individuals and organisations within the sector. Information sharing encourages connection and collaboration between professionals, which can result in important new findings regarding issues and solutions within the field.

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Assignee Experience vs. Assignment Success

Assignee Experience vs. Assignment Success
Sophie Watkins, September 20, 2018

Sending an employee on an International Assignment can be a costly experience for a business in terms of both time and money; particularly long-term assignments which can last for years. Various studies have shown that a significant number of assignments end in failure, but why? A key contributor to either success or disaster is the nature of the assignee experience – good or bad.

There are several ways to ensure that your assignee has a great expat experience…

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Shaping future Global Mobility developments

Shaping future Global Mobility developments
Amber Pittard, July 20, 2018

Each year, multiple organisations run various research projects, reaching out to hundreds of companies to put together detailed reports of trends within the Global Mobility industry. Having recently read AIRINC’s latest “2018 Mobility Outlook Survey”, I was surprised and intrigued by many of the responses relating to how companies manage and track their globally mobile workforce.

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Immigration: An Increasing Challenge for Global Mobility

Immigration: An Increasing Challenge for Global Mobility
Katie Mooney, June 25, 2018

According to Cartus Corporation’s 2018 ‘Trends in Global Mobility: Biggest Challenges’ Survey, controlling the costs of assignments continues to be the most frequently mentioned challenge for global organisations. However, there has been a notable increase in concerns over immigration and the challenges immigration can cause. In fact, 70% of survey responders stated that immigration is a greater concern for their organisation than it was last year…

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What are the key benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy?

What are the key benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy?
Amber Pittard, May 24, 2018

Some organisations move as many as 2000 employees around the world each year.

Most companies have a standard policy per each assignment type including; Long term assignments, Short term assignments, Permanent Transfers and Business Travellers.

Here we take a look at the main benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy.

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Ten years of Global Mobility: Leading industry professionals reflect on the last decade

Ten years of Global Mobility: Leading industry professionals reflect on the last decade
Katie Smith, April 9, 2018

Alchemy has connected with two Vice Presidents operating within the specialist fields of Global Mobility & Relocations Services. These highly experienced senior professionals have industry tenures of more than a decade! Alchemy has had the opportunity to discuss the last ten years of Global Mobility with these two industry experts, reflecting on the on-going traditions, changes and predictions for the future of the industry.

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GDPR & Global Mobility: A Short Summary

GDPR & Global Mobility: A Short Summary
Katie Smith, March 21, 2018

GDPR: What is it?

The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of legislation introduced by the European Parliament with the aim of giving individual data subjects more control over their personal data. Organisations will gain express permission to store data, explaining why it is required and for how long. Personal data refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person” and can be further categorised into special category data, which has additional protections.

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Is your Global Mobility programme millennial proof?

Is your Global Mobility programme millennial proof?
Katie Smith, February 21, 2018

All grown up!

There are no official start and end dates to denote an individual’s status as a millennial, but the internet broadly suggests that anybody born between the 1980s and late 2000s can be referenced as a millennial… Therefore, with some millennials now aged in their 20s and 30s, this demographic is very much a part of your present workforce.

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Want a Christmas to remember? Check out these unusual Christmas traditions!

Want a Christmas to remember? Check out these unusual Christmas traditions!
Chris Evans, December 20, 2017

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday; however traditions vary depending on which country you find yourself in over the festive season. Here in the UK, you expect tinsel, brussel sprouts, and of course the Christmas Tree as obligatory festive necessities.

Alternatively, if you found yourself celebrating Yuletide in certain parts of South Africa you may come across excited children tucking in to deep fried caterpillars on Christmas day as part of their tradition!

Here are some other examples of other countries with very unique and special traditions…. 

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Thinking of relocating? Spare a moment to consider this…

Thinking of relocating? Spare a moment to consider this…
Chris Evans, October 24, 2017

As a global recruiter I am approached on a regular basis by candidates wanting to relocate overseas to pastures new. For some people it’s the lure of the job opportunity that comes first and location comes second, however for most relocating individuals I find that it’s the pull of new and exciting cultures and locations that takes centre stage.

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Cultural Fit in the Workplace

Cultural Fit in the Workplace
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

In any international workplace assignment that fails, most often the reason for failure is culture shock. Culture shock is essentially where the assignee finds themselves in a new culture that is so different from their own that they struggle to cope with daily life, and eventually have to terminate the assignment.

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Trump’s Immigration Order and Global Mobility

Trump’s Immigration Order and Global Mobility
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, May 31, 2017

Trump’s immigration order, which prevents entry to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations including Iran, Libya and Syria, has had impacts across the world. Mostly affecting foreign nationals and their families, there have been highly publicized debates over the legality and ethics of this travel ban: many families have been fragmented and many more innocent people punished for the actions of a minority.

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Crisis Management for Expats

Crisis Management for Expats
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 31, 2016

Expatriate programs can be a fantastic asset to any international business, but what happens if something goes wrong? Organizations around the world are becoming more focused on a growing need to protect their international assignees from all types of danger whilst on assignment. 

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Categories: Expats, International

Brexit & Global Mobility: Free Movement

Brexit & Global Mobility: Free Movement
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2016

The historic Brexit vote has had wide reaching ramifications documented in media outlets across the globe. From the crash of the pound to its worst value since 1985 to a domino effect of resigning from UK MPs, it’s been a time of uncertainty for all aspects of life. But what does Brexit mean for global mobility, particularly for the free movement of UK citizens through Europe? 

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Categories: Expats, International

Expatriates and Tax

Expatriates and Tax
Alchemy Admin, January 20, 2016

We all know the life and times of an expatriate can be challenging, but one of the biggest hurdles is what to do with taxes?

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Categories: Expats, Tax

Best Expat Locations

Best Expat Locations
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 20, 2015

The best places for expats to live are dependent on many different factors: general quality of life, ease of settling in, personal finance, family life and of course the experience of working abroad.

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Categories: Expats, International

UK Expat Tax Myths

UK Expat Tax Myths
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 26, 2015

For Expats, taxes can create some of the biggest problems as a part of the assignment abroad. As with anything, myths are passed from one person to another and sooner or later expats find themselves in trouble. Global Mobility specialists are essential for dispelling these myths and ensuring that expats are able to complete their assignments without a hitch. For those on assignment in the UK, there are some very important aspects of tax that expats need be aware of.

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Categories: Expats, International, Tax