Has your Global Mobility Program considered hiring a driver for International Assignees?

    Feb 23, 2018 @ 01:52 PM / by Jonathan Nyquist

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Matt McClintic.

    Safety, Security, and Efficiency: When should you be supporting the costs for a driver for your international assignees?

    In many places around the world, it might be more common than you think to hire a full-time driver. Security is an obvious factor to consider; sometimes this is for the personal protection of the passenger, but more frequently it is because driving conditions are much more difficult and hazardous than at home.

    In some locations, having a driver may be common practice because it offers protections against personal liability in the case of an accident. And in other locations, the provision of a driver may be a common competitive practice.

    More recently, we’ve seen a new reason that companies are considering when hiring drivers. In certain cities with heavy traffic and long commutes, a driver provision can free assignees to actively work during an otherwise idle time. Even in less developed locations, mobile phone networks can now connect to email and VPNs, and we expect that time and efficiency on location will become increasingly important considerations going forward. Of course, assignee safety is the most important consideration, and working from the car is not recommended in locations where security is an issue.


    Do you want to save time and money?

    Don’t waste your time searching multiple sources for competitive, up to date information on typical driver practices and wages. AIRINC has compiled our survey data in a standard list now available for purchase. In this simple report, driver wage ranges are listed by city, and we have included details on prevailing driver usage within the international assignee community.

    Whether establishing a globally consistent driver provision program or budgeting to allow for the assignee to pay on their own, this information is now at your fingertips.

    Enhance your Global Mobility program today by contacting your client engagement representative, or click below for more details:

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    Topics: Technology and Tools, Transportation Data, expatriate transportation, Driver Reports

    Jonathan Nyquist

    Written by Jonathan Nyquist

    Jonathan currently works in Product Management as director of AIRINC’s data products. In this capacity, he is always on the lookout for ways we can develop our data offerings—COLA, Housing, Hardship, Tax, Airfare, Transportation, and Publications—in alignment the evolving needs of global mobility, either through enhancing our current suite or adding new products to it. Jonathan joined AIRINC in 2006 as a cost-of-living surveyor, conducting 70 surveys in over 50 countries and loving nearly every minute of it (the food poisoning in Antananarivo being an exception). After two years, he moved on to analysis work around our COLA calculations, and then took over management of the global survey and research process in 2010. He received his B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and the Diploma of the International Program from IEP Paris (Sciences Po). In addition to English, Jonathan speaks French and German.