How do the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) compare in terms of employer support for international hires? The Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focus zooms in on this expat type in these and seven other countries — China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The report looks at nine types of relocation support that international hires receive from companies (language classes, intercultural training, additional spouse support, access to networking, access to socializing opportunities, membership in an expat organization, information on local life, move organized by employer or service provider, and lump-sum payment for expatriation-related expenses).
The findings in the report are based on results from the Expat Insider — one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on expat life.
For all nine types of relocation support mentioned in the survey, the shares of international hires in the UK that received them are lower than the global averages.
While the more practical types of relocation support, such as the organized move and lump-sum payment, are usually the two types of assistance that international hires receive more commonly (from the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition), for those in the UK the percentages of international hires having received them are much lower than the global averages.
Membership in an expat organization stands out as the type of relocation support that the largest share of international hires would have liked (66%). This is followed by access to local networking opportunities (65% would have liked it), access to local socializing opportunities and the lump-sum payment (62% would have liked both types), and information on local life (53% would have liked it).
For eight of the nine types of relocation support mentioned in the survey, the shares of international hires in the USA that received them are lower than the global averages. These support types are: language classes, intercultural training, additional spouse support, access to local networking, membership in an expat organization, information on local life, organized move, and the lump-sum payment.
Employers are seemingly doing a better job supporting international hires in the USA in terms of providing access to local socializing opportunities — 20% received this, which is equal to the global average. Compared to the other featured countries, only international hires in China (33%) and the Netherlands (32%) have a larger share that received it, making those in the USA third-most likely to get socializing assistance (along with international hires in the UAE, also at 20%).
When it comes to overall employer support, the survey results show that there needs to be a better balance in terms of practical and personal support for international hires, in both the UK and the USA.
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