The Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focuszooms in on foreign assignees, international hires, and relocating spouses in nine countries, including France. The findings in the report are based on results from the Expat Insider, which is one of the world’s most comprehensive surveys on expat life. Nine types of relocation support were mentioned in the survey and for eight of those, the percentages of international hires in France that received these from their employers are below the global averages.
The only support type that’s above the global number, is an offer of language classes — 38% of international hires in the country were provided with this, which is eleven percentage points above the global average (27%). This is the fourth-largest share compared to the other featured countries.
The biggest differences are with the move organized by the employer or a service provider and the lump-sum payment. Only 35% of international hires in France received moving assistance and only 26% received the monetary support. The share that received the organized move is eight percentage points lower than the global average (43%) and the share that received the lump-sum is ten percentage points below the global average (36%). Compared to international hires in the other featured countries, only those in Hong Kong and the UK received poorer support with the organized move and only those in the UK received poorer support with the lump-sum payment.
Compared to foreign assignees in France, international hires are much less supported overall. The only support type where a slightly larger share of international hires received assistance, compared to the assignees in France, is access to local socializing opportunities — 18% of the hires received it compared to 10% of the assignees. The share of international hires that received it is, however, still below the global average of 20%. Moreover, just over half of the international hires (51%) indicate that they would have liked socializing as a type of support.
Next to socializing, 66% indicate that they would have liked access to local networking opportunities and 60% state that they wanted membership in an expat organization.
Employers with international hires in France may need to put a stronger focus on well-rounded support options for this expat type, as both the practical and personal support are lacking to a certain extent.
Find out more in the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focus: The report zooms in on Foreign Assignees, International Hires, and Relocating Spouses in nine featured countries. Mini reports for each country provide insights into issues relating to these expats and their employers on topics such as relocation support, settling in, and happiness.
Expat Insider 2018 | Business Edition Country Focus