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Core-Flex Global Mobility Policies

Core-Flex Global Mobility Policies
Sophie Watkins, February 26, 2019

Core-flex policies

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion and interest around 'core-flex' policies as a popular choice amongst global mobility professionals. Recent statistics from Graebel Companies Inc.’s insideMOBILITY Global Mobility Summit survey, indicated that of the participants that did not already have core-flex policies in place, 27% were planning to implement them soon.

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Global Mobility Trends of 2019

Global Mobility Trends of 2019
Sofie Finemore, January 25, 2019

Top Trends

Global Mobility has become an essential factor in a company’s development and can prove invaluable for both the individual on assignment and the company itself. However, in such a fast-paced industry it is important for a company to adapt to the latest global mobility trends if they wish to thrive. Here are some of the top trend’s companies should be anticipating for 2019...

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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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Are you considering pre-assignment health screening for expatriates?

Are you considering pre-assignment health screening for expatriates?
Laura Cardy, August 21, 2018

Sending staff on assignment can be very expensive, therefore companies want to ensure they are providing the best chance of assignment success. Unfortunately, international assignments regularly fail due to several common factors including a lack of support, health concerns and culture shock. Focusing on health concerns, companies are establishing ways to combat this problem…One solution could be a pre-assignment health check.

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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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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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Brexit and Global Mobility: EU Migration to the UK

Brexit and Global Mobility: EU Migration to the UK
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 30, 2016

While the past few months since the historic Brexit vote has seen considerable focus on how Brexit will affect the British expats, or anyone looking at migrating to the UK in the future, there has not been enough consideration of those expats from the EU who are already based in the UK. There is overwhelming uncertainty as to what will happen to those already living and working in the UK. 

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Categories: Domestic, International

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

Crisis Management Technology

Crisis Management Technology
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, February 29, 2016

Crisis management plans are being updated with new forms of crisis management technology. An increase in terror attacks around the world, from the recent horrific attacks in Paris and Istanbul all the way back to the earth-shattering events of 9/11 and the London 7/7 bombings, has left all global companies needing to reassess how they look after their employees.

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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

Insights of a Global Mobility Manager

Insights of a Global Mobility Manager
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, August 27, 2015

A Global Mobility Manager is responsible for overseeing the entire assignment management team; ultimately ensuring that the client and relocating employee have their needs and requirements met. Global Mobility Managers enjoy a varied job as they experience more than just the average day-to-day grind.

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Categories: International

Homesickness

Homesickness
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 28, 2015

Homesickness is almost inevitable for any employee taking on an international assignment. As such, any Global Mobility manager needs to be able to offer sound advice and support throughout the process.

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How Not to Offend Your Host Country

How Not to Offend Your Host Country
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, March 30, 2015

When making a move abroad on business it’s easy to forget that different cultures have significantly different customs to your own. As an expat, however, it’s your responsibility to be very aware of all aspects of life in the country you’re moving to. One of the most dangerous and damaging things you could do is offend your host country.

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Ebola and International Assignments

Ebola and International Assignments
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 19, 2015

Ebola prevention is necessary to any employee on an international assignment in West Africa. Organisations such as the CDC have recommended the cease of all non-essential travel to affected areas such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. But what happens when the travel is essential?

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Categories: International

The Effect of Globalisation

The Effect of Globalisation
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 3, 2014

Globalisation is the cause and effect of increased international trade. While economists worldwide are applauding the globalisation movement, with skills, consumer goods and services being shared and sold internationally, the effects of globalisation aren’t all so positive.

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The Importance of an Assignment Policy

The Importance of an Assignment Policy
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, August 6, 2014

Globalization has led to a significant rise in the number of international assignments being orchestrated by global companies. Yet, with increased costs, legal risks and personal complications, can an International Assignment Policy really have an important effect?

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Categories: International