What are the key talent trends of 2019 and beyond?

Following on from the launch of our Global Mobility Survey 2019 , in this White Paper we explore in more detail some key themes from the Talent section, using references and data from the survey plus additional material that was gathered during the research phase.

A must-read white paper to keep abreast of talent trends and an opportunity to reflect on your organisation’s Global Mobility policies and practices.

A few words from Julia Palmer, author of the TALENT section of Santa Fe’s GMS 2019 report:

Now, more than ever, organisations are faced with a rapidly changing world which is disrupting traditional ways of working. Globalisation continues to be important for business growth, and to be successful, organisations must be agile to ensure they have the right skills in the right places.

Challenges to achieving this are not only tighter regulatory controls and increased protectionism, but also a new type of war for talent—new digital skills are needed, some which exist and some which don’t, creating an interesting global competition for talent. Added to this, or perhaps as a result of this, the expectations of the workforce from their employment terms have shifted the balance of the employer/employee relationship. Employees expect flexibility, diversity, and the ability to work where they want.

Faced with these changes, HR and Global Mobility teams need to consider what they need to do now, and in the future, to continue to enable businesses to achieve their growth objectives. Ability to buy, build and grow global talent pools; motivate and retain the right talent; and to mobilise skills compliantly and speedily will all be essential.

Working closer together between functions and providing greater global oversight, as well as insight through data and analytics are critical. This may mean a change in the roles and skill sets required within HR and Global Mobility teams, to provide a different service to their businesses and controlled flexibility to employees. Now is the right time for Global Mobility to reflect and revise not only on policies and processes, but on the Global Mobility organisation itself. ”

What does the paper cover?

Reasons to download:

  • Gain an overview of the 2019 Talent trends
  • Gain recommendations from industry experts


Key questions and themes explored:

  • Talent strategy for using international assignments
  • Use of different Global Mobility assignment types today and predictions for the future
  • How well does your organisation ‘connect the dots’ between talent, Global Mobility and executive leadership career planning?
  • What shifts are happening in the organisational relationship with employees?
  • What are the main challenges to achieving Global Mobility objectives? How can they be overcome?
  • What are the key drivers for employees undertaking international assignments?
  • Evolving diversity – how do we increase female engagement in international work arrangements?
  • Risk and compliance—How can we balance the need for organisational governance for compliance with a need for more duty of care for employees?


The paper is written by John Rason, Head of Consulting at Santa Fe Relocation and is part of our Mobility Insights series.


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