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Global Mobility Services in Asia

The relentless pace of globalisation is increasing the role international mobility plays in achieving business goals.  HR professionals face major challenges dealing with new mobility patterns, working methods and an increased demand from management to demonstrate the value obtained from expensive internationally mobile staff.  In Asia Pacific, this is even more prevalent as businesses expand into new markets and require experienced management on the ground quickly. 

The PwC Global Mobility practice provides a complete range of services for organisations deploying staff across international boundaries.  This includes strategic consulting advice planning and compliance services , as well as programme administration

Strategic consulting

The success of an international assignment is judged on many different factors before, during and after the assignment.  By understanding and addressing the strategic needs of the businesses and the assignee throughout this process, the chances of a successful assignment will be greatly increased. 

Potential issues

  • You want to align international mobility to business needs
  • You need to measure the value of international assignments
  • You need to understand and avoid barriers to mobility
  • You want to understand secondees' motivations, both when accepting a secondment and when returning, and ensure performance meets business objectives
  • You need legal and tax-compliant international assignment practices
  • You need help in dealing with the increase in short-term, rotational, virtual and commuter assignments
  • You want to prevent 'talent drain' after repatriation
  • You want to ensure that reward structures are relative in comparison to competitors and that any assessment of value includes the cost of potentially losing talent from the organisation afterwards

How we can support you 

With a global network of more than 4,000 professionals in more than 100 countries, we have the depth of expertise to maximise the business value from international assignments.  We can provide: 

  • Advice on managing the financial, fiscal and legal risks of internationally mobile staff
  • Integrated solutions through teams of experts in tax, law, social security, technology, administration and international assignment policy
  • Technology solutions providing you with global control of the management of tax and administration
  • Advice on utilising, managing and rewarding your best mobile talent
  • Assignment and compensation structures to reduce costs and minimise risks for both inbound and outbound staff
  • Policies - to develop and benchmark them in order to deal with all types of assignment, including traditional, short-term, commuter and development assignments

Planning and compliance

The increased extent to which organisations are deploying internationally mobile staff doesn't mean that tax, legal, actuarial, accounting and compliance issues become any simpler. 

Potential issues 

  • You need legal and tax-compliant international assignment policies
  • You require immigration and employment law support
  • You need to manage any payroll and HR risks
  • You need to understand the impact of A-Day pension reforms on both your pension scheme and on those of outbound and inbound employees

How we can support you 

Our business services incorporate:

  • Policy development and benchmarking
  • Immigration and employment law support
  • Tax and social security compliance
  • Cross-border pensions planning

We also offer practical solutions for the management of payroll risks and a global individual tax compliance service.

Programme administration

Transaction execution and administration plays a critical role in achieving sustainable success in maximising value from international mobility. 

Potential issues

  • You want your international assignment delivery structure to be efficient
  • You want to ensure you use technology effectively
  • You need help dealing with an increase in new forms of international mobility - such as virtual assignments, commuter assignments and rotational assignments
  • You want to keep track of your employees' whereabouts and movements

How we can support you 

PwC provides programme administration and advice in Asia Pacific for organisations deploying staff across international boundaries. 

Contact us

James Clemence

Asia Pacific Global Mobility Services Leader, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 1818


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