The challenges of sending employees to work abroad

Successfully sending employees to work abroad for months or years at a time, perhaps with their families, requires relocation or Global Mobility services. The process has to be carefully managed, and tax, Social Security and immigration rules need to be complied with. To discuss this, Sarah Lockett from 'The Business Debate' interviewed Alan Bentley, Managing Director of IPM Global Mobility.

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Sep 16, 2016
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Successfully sending employees to work abroad for months or years at a time, perhaps with their families, requires relocation or Global Mobility services. The process has to be carefully managed, and tax, Social Security and immigration rules need to be complied with.

To discuss this, Sarah Lockett from 'The Business Debate' interviewed Alan Bentley, Managing Director of IPM Global Mobility.

Watching the interview will give you helpful insights and advice on why the process of sending employees to work abroad can be a real minefield. The interview covers the important every day challenges companies face, and explains:

  • The complications of sending an employee to work abroad because of the different tax regimes in each country, social security, entry/immigration requirements and how the whole process is a hassle for those who don't manage this every day.
  • How to decide whether to send someone to work in an overseas office for a year as opposed to employing someone locally as this has a lot of variables.
  • The unseen costs involved in sending an employee abroad for an extended period of time, and why Companies like IPM Global Mobility get involved.
  • The main reason why most relocations fail because the assignee's family doesn't settle.
  • How HR departments are sometimes not kept in the loop on the Company's Corporate and Global Mobility strategy.
  • What the penalties are for non-compliance in terms of financial costs and corporate reputation.
  • How embedded IPM Global Mobility can become in a Client company, and the extent of the services delivered even after the assignee lands at their destination.

We hope you enjoy the interview!

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Alan Bentley

Managing Director, IPM Global Mobility Limited

I joined IPM Global Mobility in 2004 as Managing Director. My main focus is to help Global Mobility professionals to develop and implement a seamless process for transferring their assignees between countries, ensuring compliance at all times. My role is to ensure we provide a flexible management service that delivers cost savings, legal compliance, and peace of mind to Clients. Through continuous improvement of our systems and processes we ensure your HR team are benefiting from time and cost efficiency, and receive a very personal and responsive service from our highly competent team of experts. This almost inevitably leads to long-lasting relationships that ensure your company is fully compliant, and your assignees and their families arrive at their new destination relaxed, prepared, and ‘ready to go’. What makes IPM very different is the culture and connection where IPM become a natural extension to the in-house HR teams. We value the relationships we have with our clients, and recruit a team with the same vision and passion to build strong, long-lasting partnerships.

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