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Creating gender inclusive global mobility

Organisations across the world are using international mobility experiences to develop future leaders and advance the careers of key talent. Yet despite unprecedented demand, women currently only account for 20% of international assignees.  To investigate such disconnects and help organisations address them, PwC has conducted research that brings together the views of 134 global mobility executives and 3,937 professionals from over 40 countries. We’re now publishing the findings in a new thought leadership paper, Modern mobility: Moving women with purpose


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Ten critical themes emerge – each presenting opportunities to increase female mobility

Aoife Flood, lead researcher and author on Modern mobility: moving women with purpose, shares an overview of the report’s key findings. 

Female demand for international mobility at an all-time high

Did you know that we are experiencing a time of unprecedented – and as yet unmet – female demand for international mobility? 71% of female millennials want to work outside their home country during their career, but only 20% of the current internationally mobile population are women.  Faced with today’s fast-changing workforce demographics, global mobility strategies that do not fully include women will simply not deliver to their full potential.

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The female role model gap

Less than half of women (49%) agree that their organisation has enough female role models with successful international assignment experiences. This shortcoming is negatively impacting employers’ wider female talent and global mobility programmes. Organisations must take active measure to drive higher awareness of the positive experiences of female assignees. 

Watch a diverse range of PwC role models talk about their hugely varied international experiences. 

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Aoife Flood

Global Diversity & Inclusion Programme, PwC Ireland

Tel: + 353 1792 6459

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Dale E Meikle

Dale E Meikle

Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader, PwC United States

Tuneet Bahi

Tuneet Bahi

Global Inclusion & Diversity, PwC United Kingdom