Alternative International Assignments Survey

A close look at the policies, practices, and trends of prevalent alternatives.

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The Alternative International Assignments Policies and Practices Survey (AIA) reports offer an in-depth look into the use of international assignments other than long-term expatriate assignments: short-term assignments, permanent moves / one-way transfers, and commuter assignments. The survey explores trends, management, and policies and practices that companies have put in place to move talent effectively and efficiently.

The launch of the 2020 survey is taking place during a challenging time. Most companies are still evaluating what the future will look like, but remain very much focused on managing their mobility programs in the most sustainable and effective manner. The survey is an opportunity to take a pulse and gain insight on the latest trends in those assignment types mentioned above.

  • Latest Survey Findings
  • Product Details
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Latest Survey Findings

Most reported challenge by assignment type:

  • Permanent transfers – Immigration issues
  • Short-term – Tracking informal arrangements
  • Commuters – Tax and social security compliance

Slightly lower compared to the 2018 AIA survey results, close to 60% allow families to visit short-term assignees in lieu of home leave. A majority of respondents do not allow assignees to spend home leave in a location other than the ‘home location.’

On the rise, compared with previous survey results, more companies:

  • Have a formal policy for commuters (up 22 percentage points (pp)) and short-term assignments (up 7 pp).
  • Track the number of days commuters spend outside their home countries (a noticeable increase from 56% in 2018 to almost 70% in the current edition).
  • Report that Global Mobility is responsible for the management of commuters (61% in 2020/2021 versus 55% in 2018) and the relocation process for permanent transfers (44% in 2020/2021 vs. 33% in 2018).

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Data Analyzed

For each mentioned assignment type, the survey examines:

Short-term assignments

  • Trends and demographics
  • Short-term assignment policies and practices
  • Compensation approach for short-term assignments
  • Cost of living / daily living costs
  • Tax Housing and utilities
  • Mobility and hardship premiums
  • Education and childcare
  • Transportation
  • Travel and home leave
  • Additional support
  • Benefits

Permanent moves / one-way transfers

  • Trends and management
  • Compensation approach for permanent moves / one-way transfers
  • “Plus” allowances / benefits in kind and relocation support
  • Benefits

Commuter assignments

  • Trends and management
  • Compensation approach for commuters
  • Living costs
  • Tax
  • Housing and utilities
  • Mobility premium / assignment incentive and hardship premium
  • Education and childcare
  • Transportation
  • Travel policy
  • Benefits
  • Additional assistance


Ordering will be available as of 13 September 2021.

The three reports are available in PDF for USD 1500 / EUR 1260 each for non-participants or USD 500 / EUR 420 each for participants. Only results from companies that completed the survey by June 2021 are represented in these reports, but you may still participate in this survey to receive both the discounted pricing and access to custom cuts of the data.

Custom cuts start at USD 2500 / EUR 2100. Please contact Client service or Olena Oleksyienko to discuss this option.

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If you purchase two or more AIA reports, a 15% discount will be applied to your order. Please contact your mobility consultant or call your region's client service number noted below.


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  • RegionEnglish-United States
  • Sub TitleA close look at the policies, practices, and trends of prevalent alternatives.
  • Short DescriptionPolicies, practices, and trends for six prevalent assignment alternatives.

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