Benchmark Surveys

Commuter Survey 2020

Commuter assignments have long been in use by companies, with and without a formal governing policy in place. Commonly used to meet specific business needs, commuter assignments are defined as a temporary arrangement in which the employee lives in one country where their family resides (if applicable) and works in another, making frequent and regular trips to the same work location (e.g. weekly, daily).

The biggest reason why organizations report utilizing commuter assignments is to address business requirements and accommodate personal or family considerations. Other factors such as cost, employee-request, and difficult host locations are less important drivers. By prioritizing the needs of the business, companies don’t tend to have stringent eligibility requirements for this type of mobility. The survey finds that 56% of companies do not restrict the use of international commuter assignments between certain locations, and almost half of organizations do not limit the use to certain job levels, perhaps demonstrating that commuter policies have the potential to be more broadly applied if this type of assignment becomes more common.