40% of global mobility managers spend most time on benefits

Four in ten (40%) global mobility professionals said compensation and benefits for assignees takes up most of their time, according to research commissioned by global mobility firm Santa Fe Group.


Its Global mobility survey 2014, which questioned 1,269 HR and in-house mobility professionals in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region, found that 48% said immigration compliance takes up most of their time and 43% cited tax compliance.

A further 40% of respondents believe they should be spending their efforts on strategic activities, while 11% are currently managing to do so.

The majority (92%) of respondents believe measuring return on investment is an important part of managing a successful global mobility programme.

A third (32%) of respondents are unable to calculate the total costs of assignments, while 11% do not estimate the costs of assignments before they take place.

The research also found:

  • 47% of global mobility programmes are linked to talent management.
  • 34% of respondents do not know their post-assignment employee retention rates.
  • 32% of respondents do not measure the success of global assignments.

Mike Brazier, group marketing manager at Santa Fe Group, said: ”Despite the need to be more strategic, global mobility professionals appear to be held back by a sea of tactical tasks and administration.

“Now is the time for global mobility to take control, define ways of working and become more proactive.”