Insights from AIRINC’s 2020 Commuter Benchmark Survey

    Aug 05, 2020 @ 08:37 AM / by Brooke Caligan

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    2020 Commuter Survey

    Did you know 57% of companies pay a per diem to cover meals & incidentals for commuters? AIRINC recently published its 2020 Commuter Assignments Benchmark Survey, which found these other interesting facts:

    • Flexibility to meet the Business needs: The most common ways companies determine the frequency of travel to and from the assignment location are by management discretion/business needs (64% of companies) or handled on a case-by-case basis (36%), showing that commuter policies may need flexibility to best meet the needs of the business.

    • Practice is mixed related to headcount. 53% of companies consider the employee under home headcount, but 38% report the commuter falls under host headcount.

    • 70% of companies do not pay any premiums to commuters. This may be partially due to these types of assignments being more prevalent in non-hardship locations; however, organizations are also not applying a mobility or any other type of premium.

    • 91% of companies do this, but 9% do not. Only 9% of companies do not provide any tax return preparation assistance for international commuter assignments

    • Almost 70% restrict family travel: 69% of companies do not allow the employee’s family to travel to the host location in lieu of home visits.

    As companies turn to more non-traditional policy types such as commuters, Global Mobility will be tasked with advising on these types of assignments. The 2020 Commuter Assignments Benchmark Survey is available upon request. Contact us today to access your copy of the 2020 Commuter Survey:

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

    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.