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HR and Global Mobility trends and approaches in Africa

Spotlight on Africa

​Deloitte conducted a survey to investigate the impact of key economic and HR trends on Global Mobility in Africa. While there is a general view that the number of assignees will increase in the coming years, there is an expectation that individuals who move to and from Africa will increasingly be on local terms, thus signaling a move away from the traditional expat approach.​

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HR and Global Mobility trends and approaches in Africa

More than 60 individuals from organizations across seven industry sectors participated in the survey. All organizations were either headquartered or were considered to have a strong business presence in Africa.

Key findings:
  • More than 50 percent of companies stated that the majority of their assignees into Africa are unaccompanied
  • More than 80 percent of companies don’t have separate assignment policies for moves into, out of, or within Africa
  • 50 percent of companies use a home based compensation approach for their assignees
  • 80 percent of respondents believe that employees moving on local terms will increase in the next two years, illustrating a shift from the traditional expat approach
  • Security is still the key challenge facing many assignments into Africa, particularly for accompanied assignees​
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