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Your favourite articles and blog posts of 2017

What have you and your fellow global mobility professionals been reading about this year? Our most popular articles and blog posts of 2017 provide a snapshot of some of the issues on your minds and illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of the global mobility function.

The popularity of articles covering the results of our latest Salary Trends and cost of living surveys shows how important it is for you to keep up to date with the latest data trends. Pre-assignment preparation and tax management were also hot topics for you this year, and our Mobility Basics series in general continued to be very popular. Our team of International Data Researchers reported back about the realities of expat life in locations all over the world, but it was our post about Erbil in Iraq that piqued your interest the most.

We are looking forward to bringing you more great reading and insight into issues affecting global mobility in 2018. To stay informed of the latest developments, sign up to our blog on the right of this page and make sure you have signed up to receive communications from us in the account settings area of MyECA.

Top five articles

1. Salary Trends 2017/18 – Real wage growth continues, but not for everyone

Highlights from our annual survey of how salary increases and inflation combine to determine real wage growth in over 70 countries.

2. Cost of living Sep 2017 highlights

How recent global events have affected indices and other key findings from our latest Cost of Living Survey.

3. How to prepare employees for international assignment success

Increasing numbers of international assignments are failing – discover the reasons why and how pre-assignment preparation tools can help to address the issue.

4. The rising cost of international school fees

Important factors to consider when budgeting for providing the increasingly expensive benefit of education for assignees’ dependent children.

5. Paying gross – a suitable alternative to paying net?

Can you avoid costly and complex tax equalisation by paying your assignees a gross salary, and what are the pros and cons of doing so?

Top five blog posts

1. Mobility Basics – What are tax equalisation and tax protection?

Learn about the two main approaches used to manage differences in tax liability when an employee goes on an international assignment.

2. Five things your assignees want to know

What do you wish you’d known before going on assignment? Our infographic summarises the most common answers from assignees responding to our surveys.

3. How ECA can help you to benchmark your expatriate packages

Factors you should consider when comparing expatriate salary and benefit packages to ensure that yours are competitive.

4. Attracting headlines for all the wrong reasons – Erbil, Iraq

An on-the-ground report about life in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan from one of our International Data Researchers.

5. Latest survey data updates and expanded coverage

Find out about our newest data and developments at ECA in our latest infographic.



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