Expatriates suffering lack of company support

Published:  16 May at 6 PM
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As reported by the Telegraph, expats may be happier overseas than they were living in Britain, but research reveals that almost half of employees on expat assignments believe their companies should have offered them more support as they were being moved abroad.

Over 400 UK nationals on foreign assignments were surveyed, revealing that over one-fifth did not receive any aid from their employers as they were sent overseas.

Even though almost two-thirds admitted they enjoyed life overseas more than in Britain, 46% said that they could have settled in more smoothly if their employer had given them help with matters including housing costs and language learning.

Workers were especially left in the dark with regards to their finances, as only 21% were given financial advice upon relocation. Over half of those surveyed (52%) said they thought they could have benefited from organising their finances more carefully prior to their move.

The conventional nature of expatriate postings has altered drastically during recent years, as the traditional “hardship packages” on offer to lure workers to overseas destinations are becoming less common.

Whereas prior to the economic crisis, global assignees could enjoy such perks such as free flights home, moving allowance and school fees for their kids, only about 50% of those surveyed said they were offered a moving allowance, while 42% were given flights back home and 41% housing aid.
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