Examining Mobility and Talent Challenges in APAC 12.7.2018 | Laura Levenson

When leveraged successfully, workforce mobility can play a significant role in attracting new hires, building bench-strength and supporting succession planning protocols.

In fact, the importance of mobility is particularly strong in the APAC region, where the “perfect storm” for relocating talent exists: growth is fastest, the working population is getting older and the talent shortage is most pronounced. APAC is continuing to grow at more than 5% per annum, which is twice the average for any other region. Within the mobile workforce in APAC, the number of millennials has now overtaken baby boomers in most industries and companies

Quite surprisingly, recent interviews we conducted with mobility and HR professionals at multinational companies revealed that close to 50 percent had no formal “talent mobility” program, but all global mobility functions engage in some form of collaboration with the businesses they support.

Topping the list of mobility challenges in APAC are matters related to the family’s ability to adjust: housing, education, support of the spouse and ability for the family as a whole to adapt to the new language and culture of the host country.

Looking ahead to the future, more Asian nationals are expected to be returning to their home countries, which could certainly help to infuse these countries with a deeper resource of talent.

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Written by Laura Levenson


Laura Levenson is a Practice Leader in Weichert Workforce Mobility’s Advisory Services group. She has worked in management capacities for workforce mobility and Big Four firms, and is well-versed in bringing clarity to the most pressing global talent deployment challenges. She brings over 25 years of experience to her role and is a frequent speaker on the mobility conference circuit.

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