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Global assignment to increase in bid to handle skills gaps

Filed under: Business Continuity — Jonathan on August 30, 2013

A study from PwC indicates that there will be a 50 per cent rise in employees working on global projects over the next 10 years, with businesses thinking differently regarding where their staff should be placed to provide the business with the best chance to grow. Those entering business continuity jobs and other commercial roles in the near future can expect to see more global opportunities on the horizon.

The report, entitled ‘Talent Mobility: 2020 and beyond’, which takes data from more than 900 businesses globally, showed that firms will have to provide new global mobility forms in order to handle skills shortages, staff preferences and a change of business needs.

The research revealed that a mere one per cent are working on conventional assignments that see them based abroad for three years before heading back home. Mobile workers, which includes those based abroad for one or two weeks at a time, are also on the rise, comprising eight per cent of workers.

PwC’s UK international assignment services leader, Carol Stubbings, said:

“Skills gaps in overseas markets, the changing business world and preferences of a new generation of employees will force many organisations to increase global mobility opportunities for their staff.”

She went on to say that the end is near for an era in which assignments mean a relocation for several years. More mobile forms of working will allow for more flexibility – both for bosses and staff – and should also help in the reduction of worldwide mobility costs.

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