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CapRelo's Client-Focused Technology

Posted by CapRelo on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

CapRelo's client-focused technology helped solve a problem for one of our clients and allowed us to be more agile to answer their needs faster. Find out more in our video below!

Topics: CapRelo, CapRelo technology, mobility management company

Brexit's Impact on Global Mobility

Posted by CapRelo on Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Brexit

As Brexit and the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union continues to be a major topic of discussion in the news, Mark Woelfel, CapRelo's Vice President of Global Development in our UK office, explains how it affects CapRelo's global mobility efforts:

While the negotiations of Brexit continue between Westminster and Brussels, we've continued to see the same trends over the past year in relation to its impact into the mobility space. There is a general reluctance towards making long-term talent acquisition strategies until there is more clarity around the terms of the deal, and a reduction by many multinational corporations to make long-term assignments around and into Europe. Since the announcement of Brexit, many countries in the EU (including the UK) have seen a tightening of immigration requirements—not so much in overall policies, but in the application of the regulations—more intense scrutiny of documentation, revisiting of immigration caps and schemes and a generally slower service in processing of individual immigration applications.

Savvy leaders in the mobility space continue to make exhaustive scenario planning around the possible outcomes and have been increasing the use of business travelers and short-term assignments to meet their immediate business objectives. In the UK in particular, we've seen reviews of UK Domestic programs, evaluating their fitness in light of not just changing legislation (such as new GDPR requirements), but for scalability as companies consider the need to utilize more local and regional talent to fill their open positions.

We remain in a "hope for the best and plan for the worst" environment, and CapRelo is assisting many companies in preparing for a variety of eventualities.

Managing Global Assignment Costs

Topics: global mobility, Brexit

Webinar - My Way, your Way, Our Way

Posted by CapRelo on Tue, Sep 11, 2018

September 2018 WERC Webinar 1


In a global marketplace, it's important for U.S.-based global mobility leaders to strike the right balance when working with global colleagues and customers.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET for our WERC Learning Zone Webinar: My Way, Your Way, Our Way, where we will discuss a case study that encapsulates the pain points U.S. global mobility professionals have experienced when failing to get buy-in from their foreign counterparts.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Examples of situations global mobility professionals have experienced
  • The critical importance of understanding diverse assumptions about effective communication, rules vs. expectations and hierarchy
  • How to strike the right balance to communicate effectively

 

Webinar presenters:

Chris Finckel
VP, Client Development
CapRelo

Nigel Ewington
TCO International

 

CapRelo presents this free webinar through the WERC Learning Zone so you can learn more about creating a successful global mobility policy. This webinar is good for CRP, GMS credit.

Register today for our September 18th Learning Zone Webinar: My Way, Your Way, Our Way.

Topics: caprelo webinars, WorldwideERC, Relocation Services, global mobility, global relocation

CapRelo's Digital Transformation Iniative

Posted by CapRelo on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

CapRelo's digital transformation initiative for both internal and outward, client-facing technology allows us to remain agile to support our clients' needs and requirements. Find out more in our video below!

 

Topics: CapRelo, Why CapRelo, CapRelo technology, mobility management company

Upcoming Mobility Shows and Events - September 2018

Posted by Amy Mergler on Thu, Aug 30, 2018

CapRelo Upcoming Events 2 

We will be attending and/or sponsoring the following upcoming events. If you’re attending, look for us and say hi, because it's a great opportunity for us to stay abreast of the latest global mobility trends, as well as develop and strengthen trusted partnerships. 

 

Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council Membership Meeting

Date: September 11

Location: US Navy Memorial, Washington, DC

Attendee: Pete Larkin

The GWERC membership meeting will include industry and association updates and a discussion on staying motivated during times of change. Additional discussion topics will be added at a later date.

Click here to learn more and register.

 

Portland Relocation Council Member Appreciation & Networking Night

Date: September 12

Location: Top Golf, Millsboro, OR

Attendee: Patrick Cacho

PRC's Member Appreciation Night will include a "Summer, Summer, Summertime" panel of industry updates as well as golf, food and networking.

Learn more and register here.

 

Wisconsin Employee Relocation Council & Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago Joint Meeting

Date: September 13

Location: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI

Attendee: Christopher Bloedel

The joint WiERC and CRC Chicago meeting will include educational sessions in the morning that focus on leadership strategy and changes in the HHG industry and their impact on mobility, as well as a Wisconsin and Illinois real estate update. In the afternoon, attendees can choose from a variety of networking events, including a cooking class, nine hole golf outing, spa services or round robin art with mixology. 

For more information about the event and to register, you can visit either the CRC Chicago or WiERC websites.

 

Charlotte Metro Area Relocation council Meeting

Date: September 13

Location: Ingersoll Rand, Davidson, NC

Attendee: Pete Larkin

The CMARC educational meeting will focus on national real estate market trends.

To learn more and register, click here.

 

New York Council of Relocation Professionals Fall Event

Date: September 18

Location: TBD

Attendee: Pete Larkin

Details for the NYCoRP fall event are not yet available.

Click here to check for updated information and to register for the event.

 

Bay Area Mobility Management Fall Meeting

Date: September 21

Location: Merchants Exchange Club, San Francisco, CA

Attendee: Patrick Cacho

Details for the BAMM fall meeting are not yet available.

Click here to check for updated information and to register for the meeting.

 

rocky Mountain Relocation Council Fall Conference

Date: September 25

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

Attendee: Patrick Cacho

The RMRC annual fall conference will feature a keynote speaker, TED-style speakers and a social networking event, followed by the Colorado Rockies baseball game.

Learn more about the conference and register here.

 

Arizona Relocation Alliance Fall Meeting

Date: September 26

Location: Top Golf Scottsdale at Riverwalk, Scottsdale, AZ

Attendee: Patrick Cacho

The ARA fall meeting will include educational sessions on cybersecurity and an update on the transportation industry, with the opportunity to earn CRP and GMS credits. After the educational portion, attendees can enjoy golf and a networking happy hour.

Register for and find out more about the fall meeting here.

 

Great Lakes Relocation Council Annual Conference

Date: September 27 and 28

Location: The Westin Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Attendee: Christopher Bloedel and Pete Larkin

The 2018 Great Lakes Relocation Conference will include concurrent educational sessions and networking opportunities for industry professionals in the Great Lakes Region. Look for CapRelo in the exhibit hall!

Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.

 

If you can’t attend, please be sure to follow CapRelo on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Topics: CapRelo Employees

Average Job Salaries Around the World

Posted by CapRelo on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

 

salaries for common jobs main“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.”

This phrase has become a cliché over the years, but like most clichés it endures because there is truth in it. All around the world there are jobs that need to be done, and people that are willing to do them, even if the work is hard and the compensation is sometimes lacking.

As experts in global relocation services, here at CapRelo we strive to better understand the global workforce in any number of industries. To that end, we recently took a look at how salaries differ for a number of common jobs from country to country around the world and found some very interesting results that we just had to share.

 

average minimum wage salary

For the specific jobs we researched, we relied on self-reported salary information supplied by workers from around the globe. Before we get to those graphics, however, we wanted to supply some additional context and perspective by finding out what the average annual salary would be in the countries we examined if workers were paid their nation’s federal minimum wage, regardless of job title. Several countries such as Norway and Sweden do not have federally mandated minimum wages, instead relying on other processes such as union negotiations within each industry to set standards. In those cases we have listed a minimum wage as “n/a.”

 

average nurse salary

One of the jobs we were most interested to look at in this study was the nursing field. While it’s doctors that are known for making lots of money and are the ones glorified on medical television shows and in the popular conscience at large, anyone working in the medical field in the real world knows that nurses are a truly indispensable part of any good medical team, without whom countless doctors and patients would be much worse off.

Our analysis found that pay for nurses varies wildly across the globe from $3,556 annually in India to $63,000 in the United States, the best of any nation in the study. The average nursing salary in the USA is over twice the global average for the profession, showing that the American medical industry recognizes just how important nurses are. Along those lines, it is worth noting that while the amount paid to nurses in India is a pittance compared to the United States and other countries, that $3,556 figure represents an annual salary over 4 times higher than the annual minimum wage in that country, showing that nurses are highly valued highly even in poorer countries.

 

average teacher salary

Another profession with a reputation for being underappreciated and underpaid is education. Many teachers around the United States have been fighting for better pay and better job support in recent years, and it’s easy to see why once you dive into the salary data from around the world.

While American teachers were among the top-10 best paid in our analysis, they earn almost $20,000 a year less than the average teacher in Switzerland, the country that compensates their educators the best. Even more interesting is to look at these salaries through a lens of relativity, as teachers in the United States make less than 3 times the national minimum wage, while those in the country with the lowest minimum wage - India - make over 5.5 times their nation’s minimum wage. This is just one instance of other nations prioritizing education higher than the USA, a trend that is driven home by the fact that the global average salary for teachers actually exceeds that of nurses, meaning a number of countries see their educators as worthy of compensation on par with or exceeding that of crucial healthcare providers.

 

average food server salary

Similar to the educator’s initiatives, there have been many highly public efforts in the United States in recent years to increase pay for people that work in the food service industry. Our analysis found that it’s not just America where food servers are paid very little, as there are only two countries - Switzerland and Turkey - where workers in this industry average more than $30,000 a year in earnings. This was also the job with the lowest average global salary, clocking in at a measly $15,861.

 

average retail associate salary

The only other job we evaluated that even came close to matching food servers was retail associates. People who work in this industry keep malls, boutiques, and everything in between running smoothly, and they are not paid very well for it. In the United States they make slightly more money than food servers, a trend that is fairly common around the world.

 

average accountant salary

With all this talk of money and salaries, CapRelo would have been remiss if we didn’t take a look at how those who manage everyone else’s money are compensated. As is true for many jobs we evaluated, Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway paid accountants the best, along with Switzerland. It is worth noting that while those nations pay well for most jobs, they also typically have high tax rates. Of those five nations in our analysis that pay accountants over $60,000 a year, only Switzerland has an income tax rate lower than 27%.

 

average hr manager salary

A crucial part of any company is their HR department. When looking at the average salaries for human resources managers around the world, we found that the vast majority of countries we evaluated understood just how important HR is. Salaries for those in this profession are typically paid well above their national minimum wage, with Switzerland even averaging six-figure salaries for top-level human resources managers. In fact, of the nine professions CapRelo looked at for this project, HR managers had the highest average global salary at $46,767.

 

average software engineer salary

With technology playing the prominent role it does in modern society, we at CapRelo wanted to make sure we took a look at how those that develop some of that technology are paid. To that end, we evaluated general software engineer salaries. Unsurprisingly, given the prominence of Silicon Valley to the American economy, this was the job with the highest salary in the United States of all the professions we evaluated in this study. In fact, the $85,000 average salary for an American software engineer was the second highest in the world, trailing only Switzerland’s $94,567.

 

average operations manager salary

Finally, we wanted to look at a pair of job titles that are incredibly important to so many companies even though their specific duties can differ from industry to industry. First, operations managers, which typically oversee a company’s production process. People in these jobs are crucial to running an efficient and profitable business, and are paid as such in many countries. Almost 20 of the countries we examined pay operations managers over $50,000 a year on average, which helped bring the global average in excess of $45,000 annually.  

 

average project manager salary

The last job we looked at was project managers. People with these titles can have job duties that vary even more than operations managers as different companies have different responsibilities that fall under the purview of project managers. While there is decent variance in day-to-day duties for people in these roles, what is consistent is how well they are compensated. Project managers are one of only two jobs we looked at where all 43 countries we evaluated where workers are paid at least $10,000 annually, the other being operations managers.

 

This analysis covered just a sliver of the global workforce, but here at CapRelo we found even that little bit to be truly illuminating. The differences in pay from job to job and country to country allow for interesting looks into what different nations value in their workforce, something that is made all the more interesting when viewed through the prism of different national minimum wages.

Whether your job was a part of this analysis or not, we hope it has been interesting and informative. And if you or your company are considering a move to another country (maybe one where they pay better), remember that CapRelo offers world-class global mobility services to simplify any such move!

Get to Know CapRelo

Posted by CapRelo on Thu, Aug 16, 2018

CapRelo transforms the global HR and employee mobility experience by combining the best in technology, people, resources and human touch experiences. Get to know CapRelo in our video below!

 

Topics: CapRelo, Why CapRelo, mobility management company

Global Mobility Snapshot

Posted by CapRelo on Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Millions of American workers relocate annually, many taking on international assignments as businesses develop and broaden their global mobility programs to take advantage of the expanding global economy. Here is a snapshot of global mobility in 2018.

Global Mobility Snapshot Infographic

Topics: global mobility, talent mobility, global mobility policy

Benefits of Using Global Mobility Management Company Compensation Services

Posted by Amy Mergler on Thu, Aug 02, 2018

Top view of successful businessman standing near the entrance of labyrinthCompensation services are so complex that it may make sense for companies to outsource them to a specialist. Global mobility management companies have extensive experience working with the regulatory requirements of different countries, so they know the relevant intricacies of local compliance and reporting. Because they understand the challenges the employer faces, they know how to relieve the employer of the burden of administration so the company can concentrate on more strategic objectives. In addition, they understand the requirements of compensation data collection by country and can assume this laborious task for the employer.

Global mobility management companies that offer compensation services have technology and processes in place that allow for fast, accurate and compliant reporting. This eliminates the need for companies to invest in acquiring these platforms and results in considerable cost savings.

In addition, they provide the required expertise and manpower. This prevents employers from having to invest in acquiring employees with this knowledge, which can be both challenging and expensive when the level of expertise needed to manage compensation services for a number of different global locations is taken into account.

Furthermore, ensuring accurate, timely payroll and reporting prevents companies from running into problems with regulatory and tax agencies at home and host locations. Being compliant and responsible not only prevents problems, it can pave the way for more business opportunities in the host locations.

A global mobility program can offer significant value to a company, not only due to the business opportunities it presents, but also because it facilitates the attraction and retention of quality talent. However, to remain in compliance with the rules and regulations of various countries, a well-run global mobility program needs accurate, timely administration and bookkeeping. Working with a global compensation services provider offers companies a cost-effective way to gain access to the expertise, manpower and resources needed to maintain centralized, organized payroll and tax reporting. And when the service provider assumes the responsibility of maintaining the latest technology platforms, it frees up the company and its employees so they can concentrate on their core business efforts.

The Value of Global Compensation Services

Topics: compensation services, compensation and benefits, global compensation services, global mobility management company, global mobility policy

Upcoming Mobility Shows and Events - August 2018

Posted by Amy Mergler on Thu, Jul 26, 2018

2018 Look for CapRelo 5

We will be attending and/or sponsoring the following upcoming events. If you’re attending, look for us and say hi, because it's a great opportunity for us to stay abreast of the latest global mobility trends, as well as develop and strengthen trusted partnerships. 

 

southern California Relocation Council Summer Meeting and Wine Pull

Date: August 23

Location: Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Attendee: Patrick Cacho

SCRC's summer meeting will feature a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion programs and their impact on global mobility policies followed by the annual SCRC Wine Pull. Funds raised from the Wine Pull will be giving to local SCRC charities.

Click here to learn more and register for the summer meeting.

 

If you can’t attend, please be sure to follow CapRelo on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Topics: CapRelo Employees

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