Mercer’s 19th Quality Of Living Rankings

Despite increased political and financial volatility in South Africa, its cities fell within the top 100  of the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96).

The Challenges Expats And Their Families Face

New research by AXA’s international health insurance specialist has found that expats and their children are finding it difficult to be away from close friends and family.* Two-fifths (40 per cent) of expats and 32 per cent of their children cited that being away from their support network was one of the most difficult aspects of their transition to life abroad – no matter their nationality or where they had relocated to.

Western European Cities Top Quality Of Living Ranking

Despite the recent security issues, social unrest, and concern about the region’s economic outlook, EU cities continue to offer some of the world’s highest quality of living. That is according to Mercer’s 18th annual Quality of Living Survey. Safety, in particular, is a key factor for multinationals to consider when sending expatriate workers abroad, both because it raises concerns about the expat’s personal safety and because it has a significant impact on the cost of global compensation programs.

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Global Employee Mobility – Increased Diversification Across Types Of International Assignments Used

A majority of multinational companies (56%) expect to increase their use of short-term assignments in 2015/16 according to a report on expatriate policies and practices by Mercer. The research highlighted an ongoing diversification in the type of assignments used by companies. Notably, over the next year or so, around half of companies anticipate an increase in the use of permanent transfers (54%), developmental and training assignments (50%) and locally hired foreigners (47%). A smaller proportion of respondents (44%) expect to see an increase in more traditional long-term assignments.

Accessing Medical Care Abroad: More Expatriates Look Locally

Cigna Global Health Benefits® (NYSE: CI) and the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) recently surveyed more than 2,700 expatriates working in 156 countries to better understand how they and their families experience, perceive and value various elements of assignment terms and programs.

Study Highlights Health Dangers For NGO Expatriate Workers

A recent study carried out by scientists at the University of Glasgow and published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene suggests that one in five rodents in a Kenyan slum carries a disease that causes fever and illness in humans.

Migration Picking Up But Rising Unemployment Hurting Immigrants

According to the OECD migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Sharp Rise Predicted In Global Assignments As Organisations Try To Plug Skills Gaps

PwC research predicts the number of workers taking on global assignments is set to increase by 50% in the next decade as companies re-think where their talent needs to be based to fulfil their growth ambitions. PwC’s ‘Talent Mobility: 2020 and beyond’ report, based on data from over 900 global companies, reveals that companies will need to offer new forms of global mobility to respond to skills shortages, changing business needs and employee preferences.

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