How common are Commuter Assignments and why are they used?

    May 18, 2020 @ 01:18 PM / by Brooke Caligan

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    What are 55% of companies doing?

    Commuter assignments have long been in use. AIRINC’s 2020 Mobility Outlook Survey revealed that 55% of companies either currently have or are planning to add a commuter policy.

    AIRINC recently conducted an international Commuter Assignment Benchmark Survey, which shows that the biggest reason companies utilize this type of mobility is to meet business needs. The benchmark survey reports that 56% of companies don’t restrict the use of international commuter assignments between certain locations, and almost half of organizations do not limit the use to certain job levels. This suggests that commuter policies have the potential to be more broadly applied if this type of assignment continues to become more common.

    International commuters and Global Mobility

    International commuters generally fall under Global Mobility’s purview. Almost 90% of companies indicated that Global Mobility is fully or at least somewhat aware of commuter assignments. Some organizations also commented in the survey that they’re looking to develop a commuter policy. As usage of commuter assignments continues – or increases – companies will likely strive to have a more formal framework in place to manage these types of assignments.

    2020 Commuter Assignment Benchmark Survey

    AIRINC’s 2020 Commuter Assignment Benchmark Survey will soon be published with the full results and will be available to clients upon request. If you have questions about this or any other benchmark, please reach out to our advisory services team today: 

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    Topics: Hardship, Benchmarking, Mobility Policy, Global Mobility, Benchmark my policy, Advisory Services, Commuters

    Brooke Caligan

    Written by Brooke Caligan

    In Brooke’s current role she is responsible for designing and managing benchmark studies and analytical projects on AIRINC’s Advisory Services team. Her experience in benchmarking includes surveys for major oil and gas, consumer products and pharmaceutical companies. She has also been the lead analyst on numerous transition and integration initiatives within various industries. Brooke joined AIRINC in 2004 and prior to her current role she was a client services manager, responsible for providing services to client accounts in multiple industry sectors including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, financial services, manufacturing and technology.