White Papers & Articles

Assignees from Less Developed Countries

Issues and challenges

There are unique compensation complexities to consider when moving an international assignee from the developing world into a developed country. This white paper describes these challenges and how to deal with them.

Over the past few decades, we have seen a shift in global mobility. Areas once dominated by US and Western European outbound assignees now include assignees from parts of the world previously untapped for global recruitment. This trend creates some compensation complications because of the disparity between base pay levels in the home and host locations. As more assignees move from the developing world into developed countries, the need to address this particular challenge increases.

This white paper discusses:
  • the challenge of designing compensation packages for assignees from less developed countries
  • three compensation approaches organizations can use to meet these challenges
  • the trade-offs involved with each approach