Mobility Strategy - Market Practices

Glossary of International Mobility Terms

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TERM DEFINITION Destination Service Provider (DSP) A DSP is a local firm/provider that can assist the assignee/employee and their accompanying family with their transition to the new location. Services may include, but are not limited to: • Organize tour of host housing options (including accompaniment, as needed), lease negotiation, move-in/move-out inventory • Evaluation of education needs, scheduling appointments with schools, and assistance with enrollment needs • Banking arrangements • Assistance with local transportation or obtaining a local driving license • Location of area facilities and amenities, such as hospitals, shopping centers, places of worship, recreation/leisure, etc. • Registration with local municipal authorities, as required • Connection/disconnection of utilities • Postal services and mail forwarding External / Independent Data Provider Independent firm specializing in the collection and interpretation of living standards, housing and tax data. The data provider uses a common global methodology to determine the differences in the living standards between the home and host locations and helps establish per diems/allowances for an assignment. Goods and Services Differential Amount paid to cover the difference between the cost of goods and services in the home and host countries; data calculations may be obtained through surveys conducted by an external/independent data provider and based on spending patterns (home and host country), family size and base salary. Home Compensation Approach An approach whereby the employee´s compensation and benefits are based on the home country, not the terms and conditions of the country where they work. The intention is to ensure that the employee can enjoy an equivalent standard of living in the host country as in the home location and does not have to pay more taxes as a result of the transfer. Home Country / Location Home country of an employee can be defined as one of the following: • Country of citizenship or residence, OR • Country where the employee was first hired, OR • Country where the employee worked as a local employee during the last few years, OR • Country where the employee worked as a local employee during the last few years after being localized from international assignee status, OR • Country where the employee is covered for retirement benefits, OR • Country to be determined by the company Host or Destination Country / Location The country, city, or location in which an assignment or transfer is to be completed.

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