March 29 is just around the corner and as we continue to consider how Brexit will impact workforce mobility for the UK and throughout the region, this article from Worldwide ERC® suggests that one outcome could be an increase in commuters and extended business travelers particularly in Western Europe.
"There are a number of different things that define a commuter assignment, including its overall duration, how far an employee travels and how many days he or she remains in the host location for work each week. EU law currently defines cross-border commuters as those who work in one EU country but live in another, and return at least once a week, if not more frequently."
Nouran Zarroug, GMS-T, explains that there are "multiple reasons for both employers and employees to deem commuter status more appropriate, convenient or appealing than a traditional or short-term assignment, or a permanent move. For employers, the types of skills needed, for how long and in which locations factor heavily into the decision. Employees tend to place considerable weight on their personal financial and lifestyle implications, the impact on the careers and/or the income support of a spouse or partner; a possible need for elder or child care, or the current ages and educational status of dependents when deciding whether uprooting is right for them."
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AIRINC’s most recent Mobility Outlook Survey (2018) reports that “54% of companies anticipate an increased demand for cross-border mobility this year. The types of mobility are not all more of the same, though; companies continue to expand the way in which cross-border mobility is defined. The trend remains for companies to expand the range of mobility options available to meet different talent needs.” It goes on to note that “33% of companies plan to add a business traveler policy to their offerings this year, while 23% will add a policy for commuters, and 20% of companies expect to formalize their international one-way transfer approach.” The report further indicated that 30% of respondents anticipate an increase in commuter assignments within the next year.