Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey 2012

Unique insight into global mobility

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Global mobility is increasingly a key feature in driving business success. As the economy remains uncertain, many leading companies are directing new investment and talent to growth or emerging markets; simultaneously trying to maintain margin and revenue in mature regions with experienced manpower and more focused strategies.

Our fifth Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey offers a unique insight into the movement of expatriates and business travelers, and the role of the global mobility function in high-performing organizations.

Nearly half of companies expect to increase growth market assignment yet, 68% do not have control framework to manage pay and tax.

More than 520 companies participated in the survey. Their insights provide an invaluable snapshot of:

  • How far global mobility teams are supporting business strategy and the C-suite's pursuit of high performance.
  • How mobility is executing policies and processes as risk and compliance challenges escalate.
  • To what extent they are partnering with talent development and management.
  • The ways organizations are channeling talent and mobility to growth markets.
  • Overall, how effective the function actually is.

Global mobility business goals: are they realistic?

Among many noteworthy points, our survey reveals a real disconnect between global mobility aspirations and day-to-day operations. Last year, we observed the function's desire to be more strategic, to build tighter links with talent development and to have greater control over cost and risk governance — and a frustration that organizations were not enabling those needs.

This year, that frustration, and the tension between the function and business, is heightened. Our survey results, client interviews and commentary illustrate the gulf between the vision and the reality.

Survey respondents rank the top three global mobility challenges for their company

Survey respondents rank the top three global mobility challenges for their company ×