Change and Challenges in Mobility

Discussion of recent challenges and changes are being faced by the Perth global mobility community.

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Global Mobility trends -insights from GM Asiapac survey, GM US conference discussed:

  • 53 organisations participated in the survey, 159 global mobility policies between them.
  • Macro Trends of Populism & nationalism; issues around Trust, security & privacy  and the Demographics of the workforce
  • Mobility is changing - everyone is mobile; need for policy alignment, matching rising employee expectations; increasing role of data and the continuing compliance related impact of Business Travellers.
  • Tax Landscape – greater need for transparency and preparedness for enforcement; audit readiness. Social security considerations and rising cost of noncompliance
  • Operating Models - push for efficiency; review of vendors, technology, processes  and consideration of alternative employing entities

 While there is growing demand for greater ‘employee experience’ yet there is limited personal choice in policies (only 15% of policies offered choice).

Increasing interest to work flexibly internationally yet policies do not reflect this (only 2% offer “all roles flex” type policies).

  • 85% of companies expect mobility to increase in the next two years
  • 64% of companies predict an increase in short term assignments
  • 57% of companies predict an increase in business travellers
  • PwC survey results indicate that Global Mobility policies have not adapted to include new types of globally mobile employees and hires

Roadtable discussion on:

  • What are your current challenges?
  • Where are your areas of focus and quick wins?
  • What is the reality of the mobility function/role in your organisation in 2020?

How do we see global  mobility continuing to evolve?

Some key take aways from PwC discussion: Future policies will make greater use of mobility data in order to refine offerings. The greater use of technology and data collection will enable this. Strategic mobility will become a more intentional  part of companies' people strategies. Managing the reality of global roles with people simply moving -to meet business needs. Employers and governments will partner in enhanced tax and immigration  compliance

PwC kindly shared their slide deck with participants.

Aysegul Kayahan

Director, Relocation Specialists

Aysegul Kayahan, managing director of Relocation Specialists in Queensland and Victoria has been in the global mobility industry since 1993. Aysegul started the Forum for Expatriate Management community in Australia in early 2012, with chapters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. From February 2015 to January 2017, Aysegul was appointed to the role of global chair of Chapter Leads for the Forum for Expatriate Management.

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