Expats a thing of the past

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Multinationalemployers have begun using “virtual” assignments, with managers using newtechnology to handle overseas projects, a study of multinational companies hasfound.One-fifthof respondents to a survey of global firms by HR consultancy ECA Internationalhave managers running a project without being based in the country.Video-conferencing is used in 60 per cent of these cases, though frequentvisits are also employed.Thedevelopment reflects difficulties in persuading people to take up expatriateplacements, particularly in unattractive locations and where the spouse has acareer.So-calledcommuter assignments, with the employee working abroad on a Monday-to-Fridaybasis, are also on the rise. They can involve huge distances, involvingEuropeans working in China or Japan, and can last for years, said Barry Rodinchief economist at ECA. “The air fares must be very high but nevertheless theydo it,” he told a London conference last week.Nearlythree-quarters of failures of expatriate placements are due to personalreasons, and less than a third because of pay, a PwC survey in 2000 found. Cable& Wireless has calculated that if a senior management expatriate placementgoes wrong, it costs the company £1m, David Appleby, international employmentpolicy manager at the telecoms firm, told the conference.www.eca-international.comBy Philip Whiteley Comments are closed. Expats a thing of the pastOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more