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Mastering Assignment Compensation


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- 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

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
No. 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur 50470                         

For a location map, please visit the venue website.


08:45-09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00-13:00 Mastering assignment compensation


Take advantage of our discount offers for you!

1) Early bird discount
Sign up before 22 September 2023 to benefit from a 15% discount. Prices will rise from USD 295 to USD 350 for ECA subscribers and USD 365 to USD 430 for non-subscribers.

2) 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 when registration for the training course occurs. If you are not sure if your organisations subscribe to ECA's Country Reports, please contact your Account Manager or

  • ECA subscriber price - USD 350.00
  • Non-subscriber price - USD 430.00

Terms & Conditions

All cancellations must be made in writing. Substitute delegates may be registered at any time. The full course fee will automatically be charged for cancellations received less than TWO weeks before the start date of the course and for non-attendance. An invoice associated with your attendance may not be issued prior to the course. Attendance is expected unless you cancel your registration (subject to the aforementioned limitations) even if the invoice has not been received by you or paid prior to the commencement of the course.

Covid-19 Precautions

Any protocols which may be in place to limit the transmission of Covid-19 will be followed during the session. Please note, speakers will not wear masks during their presentations. We reserve the right to postpone or cancel this event if deemed a necessary precaution, however if we do so in response to the Covid-19 situation, delegates can withdraw their registration with no penalty.

Please note: While we will take reasonable precautions, each delegate attends at their own risk and we do not accept any liability over and above our relevant legal responsibilities. 


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