Global employee mobility

Understanding and managing tax related risks when moving employees around the world

Increasingly companies based in the Middle East are operating on a global basis through organic growth or through joint ventures or acquisition. This expansion can result in internationally mobile employees as employers look to ensure they have talented individuals on the ground where needed.

The employment activities of individuals in foreign locations can create a number of complex employer and employee tax issues which, if not dealt with appropriately, could result in significant additional costs and risks for employers.

When could this be relevant to you

  • You have employees working overseas, but not under a formal mobility programme.
  • You send employees to work in different taxing jurisdictions, who could be creating personal tax liabilities, filing requirements, withholding tax obligations and exposure to employee/employer social security.
  • You have little governance or oversight of your internationally mobile employees. As such, you are worried about financial penalties and reputational damage they could create for non-compliance.
  • You have Short Term Business Visitors (STBVs) across different jurisdictions and are concerned about employment tax obligations and corporate tax exposures they may create.
  • You are considering alternative employment structures to attract, retain and deploy top talent quickly across jurisdictions to meet business needs.
  • You would like greater planning around the mobility process, to mitigate tax costs, manage compliance and minimise risks to your business.

What we do - highlights

  • Mobility strategy planning - we work with organisations to align mobility with their business' strategy.
  • Assignment planning - we help organisations reduce the costs of global mobility and manage the corporate and employee risks it creates. 
  • Mobility policy design - we help organisations develop a sound framework to support global mobility.
  • Mobility policy benchmarking - we provide organisations with insight on global and industry specific policy trends and allowances.
  • Legal support - we advise on immigration and employment law issues created by mobility.
  • Employment tax compliance - using the global PwC network, we help organisations meet their employee and employer tax reporting/withholding obligations - wherever their people need to go.
  • Mobility technology - we provide organisations with access to market leading technology to help manage mobility in an effective and easy manner.
  • Employment structures - we work with organisations to design employment structures which facilitate the rapid deployment of workers, drive cost savings and create efficiencies.

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Contact us

Dennis Allen
Middle East Global Mobility Leader
Tel: +974 4419 2830

Stephen Drake
Middle East Global Mobility Consulting Partner
Tel: +974 4419 2831

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