Working for a multi-jurisdictional company can be rewarding and the opportunity to work abroad is worth considering, and we can help you get there. Relocating is an exciting prospect and post-pandemic more people are considering a big move than ever before, but it is fair to say that it can feel a little overwhelming. Kevin Golder has been helping individuals, families, and employers to move abroad for the past two decades and he knows what it takes to ensure that your relocation plans run smoothly.
If you are thinking of relocating across the globe from Jersey or moving to the Channel Islands, here are Kevin’s top tips.
Kevin, many people have re-evaluated their lifestyle over the past few years and decided to relocate. What should they consider?
I think the first thing you should ask yourself is where you want to move to, and why. Recent business trips may have whetted your appetite for a particular region or country, a 3-year secondment is very different from a business trip and requires a well-planned and bespoke approach.
How do people who are relocating comply with immigration, tax, national insurance, or social security requirements?
Paperwork can feel really daunting, it may be in another language, and it can be time- consuming. Getting things in order, particularly your remuneration and statutory deductions, is critical to the success of your time working abroad; each requires specific input from a specialist, in advance to ensure a smooth transition and no nasty surprises.
Accommodation can get complicated. People may decide to rent their house out in their home country and may wish to buy where they are relocating to, is this always possible?
Renting out your property in your home country is an excellent idea so you have options and I recommend using a local agent for your host country property. There may be restrictions on what you can purchase or rent, depending on the location, budgets should be factored in and if you have a home country mortgage, an early conversation with the mortgage provider will save you future issues.
Who picks up the bill for the travel costs and insurance?
Make sure you find out what your employer’s travel policies are and what if any employee insurance is in place. Make sure they are suitable for your secondment. International medical insurance for you and your family, if you have one, is vital.
If you have a partner, how will they fit into your secondment or permanent relocation?
Depending on the host country and immigration influences this may be a challenge, so expert advice at the early stages is very important.
For people with children what schooling considerations are there?
Again, this is important to investigate early in the process. Private school fees are likely, A two to three-year secondment may include an opportunity for your children to join an International School, this can have certain advantages depending on the age and curriculum influences.
What can set you up for success when you get to your new location?
I know this may sound a bit obvious, but when people are busy, they may forget to take the time to consider cultural awareness and the local language. Depending on your location, cultural awareness training is worthwhile to get you off to a good start, and a few local phrases can make all the difference when you get there!
Can the grass actually be greener on the other side?
It certainly can, but not always. If you have done your research and you are well prepared you are more likely to settle and who knows, even stay for the long term. Most overseas transfers are part of a larger career development plan and the opportunity to explore the local culture, travel and potentially save some money too are all big factors when considering an overseas opportunity.
Kevin and HR Solutions is an experienced International HR Team who can support your international endeavours whether you are a business or an employee. Get in touch today for a free consultation call or coffee with Kevin.