Crossing borders, and then…


Your employee’s social security protection may change when he or she is assigned to work outside his home country. It is up to the employer to test whether or not these provisions fit the level and quality of benefits stipulated in the employment contract.  

In scope are provisions that cover risk of illness, death and disability and others that refer to other entitlements, such as unemployment benefit and pension rights.

Coordination of social security

Which social security system applies? The ground rule is that one needs to distinguish between treaty- and non-treaty countries. Treaties are either bilateral agreements between states, or European agreements. The EU-rules for the coordination of social security systems aim to undo the negative effects mobility may have on social security for the mobile EU-citizen. These rules are complex.

Benefit plans around the word

For multinational employers, Mercer conducts regular surveys that give detailed information about benefit plans around the world. Our country profiles can help you design and allign the benefit programs for your mobile employees.

Get local data with a global perspective

What does it really mean for someone to uproot his or her family and move to Singapore, New York or Bahrain? Let us tell you.

Our information solutions for mobility put the highest-quality, most-detailed data available into your hands. Our Cost of Living data, the most comprehensive of its kind, is just one of our many market-leading tools and resources. Our leading benchmark data, Quality of Living data, and Hardship Ratings are all exclusive to Mercer and our clients. And they’re ready to access now.

Our Mobility Starter Kit divides “moving” into three tiers: a pre-move informative guide, a post-move expat management program, and a more comprehensive kit for companies managing multiple international assignments. We also have tools specifically designed for executives. So whatever your mobility needs, we’re equipped to meet them.

Mercer makes mobility easy

Many companies are transitioning from providing full expat packages to “local plus” packages with specific add-ons. We’ll help you choose the right package for the assignment and business goals at hand.

We combine education, consulting, software data, and online tools to offer you the full breadth of mobility services. Our mobility experts provide:

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How we can help

  • Mobility education for all levels of your workforce
  • Mobility consulting to prepare your organization for the unanticipated
  • Mobility software, including HR solutions and cultural training
  • Mobility data to help you determine pay, benefits, relocation costs and more
  • Mobility online tools for easy access to necessary information

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Mercer’s advice

Mercer’s specialists know about the ins and outs of international social security. They are tuned to advise you and liaise with your tax advisor. They know how to design and implement benefit programs that bridge the gap between social security entitlements and employee benefits based on employment contracts.