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Managing Expatriates by Yvonne McNulty, Kerr Inkson

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Chapter 3

Expatriate Compensation

The fundamental thing that has changed is the attitude to the international assignee. In the old days you were needed, you were wanted and desired—and you were paid accordingly. Now, you are much more of a number. I see this in the discernable effort to whittle away at my package because somebody is sitting in the ivory tower in headquarters and sees an opportunity to reduce costs. Little things get reduced on a regular basis and it’s always justified because it’s ‘only a small thing’. But there’s lots and lots of small things that add up … unfortunately, employees have it beaten into them that you’re lucky to be there and the company expects you to be flexible.

—Senior Vice President, 47 years, Asia Pacific ...

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