Many multinational companies are redefining their packages
for expatriate employees to stay competitive, according to research by HR
consultants William M Mercer.
The survey shows that 8 out of 10 companies now recognise
the mobility premiums and hardship grants are essential to the success of
The allowances range from 30 to 40 per cent of gross base
salary for certain destinations deemed to be difficult locations, such as
Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and China.
Yvonne Traber, senior researcher at William M Mercer, said,
“The expatriate environment is becoming very competitive as individuals are
often placed on assignments where they are in contact with other expatriates.
“Inevitably they compare conditions and discuss who has the
better deal. It can be a huge loss of investment for the company if these
individuals leave while on assignment.”