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Mastering Assignment Compensation



- Delivered in Asia only -

Please note: This course is delivered in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and Taiwan. Please email our Events team to indicate your interest in future courses and we will contact you as soon as dates have been determined.

This half-day course is designed to give HR practitioners a thorough knowledge of the key concepts of international assignment compensation enabling them to become strategic partners to their business. 

Participants will come away with a firm understanding of how the home-based approach, the most common method of salary calculation, works. The course will also cover the various types of assignment allowances such as the cost of living allowance, location allowance (hardship allowance) and assignment allowance are provided and how they are calculated, market practice regarding calculation and how company policies impact assignee compensation.

The course will also ensure that delegates receive the most up-to-date information regarding market trends and best practice, and will explore how to communicate policy and assignment salaries to stakeholders.

Course objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the relationship between international assignments and compensation methods
  • To introduce the most common method used to determine employee compensation during international assignments
  • To provide a thorough understanding of the main types of allowances provided as part of an international assignment
  • To use case studies and real-life examples in exercises in order for delegates to come away with a practical knowledge that can be applied in the workplace

Who should attend

This course is designed as an introduction or refresher for anyone involved in the practical administration of international assignment policy and salary calculations e.g. Mobility Managers, HRBPs, C&B professionals, HR Managers, HR Administrators, HR Executives etc.


Introduction to international assignments and compensation
 - International assignment trends
 - Business drivers for international assignments
 - Main types of assignment
 - Aims of international assignment compensation policy
 - Main approaches to assignment compensation
The home-based (build-up/balance sheet) approach in detail:
 - Introduction: aims of the home-based approach
 - Cost of living (COL) indices and how to calculate COL allowances
 - Location (Hardship) allowance methodologies
 - Other mobility-related allowances
 - Understanding hypotax

Venue Details

ECA International Ltd
Suite 1505,
15/F., 625 King’s Road,
North Point,
Hong Kong

For a location map, please see here.


08:45-09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00-13:00 Mastering Assignment Compensation

Language of course delivery
Please note, this course will be delivered in Cantonese, with English materials.



Early Bird discount
Sign up before 15 December 2023 to benefit from a 15% discount. Prices will rise from HKD 2 075 to HKD 2 445 for ECA subscribers and HKD 3 095 to HKD 3 650 for non-subscribers.

Grow your expertise - discounts for multiple course attendance
Complete either of our two in-person training courses and receive 10% discount off the second course that you attend. Discount % applies to the price advertised at time of registration.

Please note
The course fees quoted represent the fees net of any withholding taxes which may be incurred - where withholding taxes are due on delegate fees, such taxes are to be borne by the delegate.

The ECA subscriber price is reserved exclusively for representatives of organisations who subscribe to ECA's Country Reports at the time of registration. If you are not sure if your organisation subscribes to ECA's Country Reports, please contact your Account Manager or

  • Early bird ECA subscriber price - HKD 2075.00
  • Early bird Non-subscriber price - HKD 3095.00

Terms & Conditions

All cancellations must be made in writing. Substitute delegates may be registered at any time. The full fee will be charged for ALL cancellations received less than TWO weeks before the course start date and for no-shows on the day. If a discount rate is offered at the time of registration, the discount is only applicable for the course(s) booked and cannot be transferred to a later date. ECA reserves the right to alter the agenda, speakers, dates or venue at any time.

Covid-19 Precautions

We continue to take efforts to manage and reduce the risk of Covid-19 at our events and training courses and for visitors to our offices. The health and safety of our delegates and employees is of paramount importance. Therefore, we reserve the right to postpone or cancel this event if deemed a necessary precaution.

Please note that while we will take reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, delegates attending our training sessions do so at their own risk and we do not accept any liability over and above our relevant legal responsibilities. Below are examples of preventative measures that may be employed by us to mitigate the risk of the spread of Covid-19 as well as steps you can follow to safeguard your health:

What extra steps are we taking?

  • Temperature checks: building management may perform temperature checks on all attendees upon arrival. 
  • Use of inhouse training venue: the session will be held on our premises, allowing for less human traffic in comparison to public training centres and hotels.
  • Elevated hygiene measures: our training facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised prior to and upon completion of each training session. We'll take appropriate measures to reduce the likelihood of contamination of communal surfaces (such as door handles etc.) and provide hand sanitizers for use by attendees.
  • Class layout: rooms may be set up in a manner which reduces the risk of virus transmission.

What steps can you take?

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Perform a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) both on the day before and the morning of the training course and only attend if your test results are negative.
  • If you display Covid-like symptoms, stay at home even if your RAT results are negative. Inform us as soon as possible so that we can transfer your registration to the next available date.


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