Remote workforce

Unexpected implications for employees and employers


Businesses are working to navigate the complexities of remote working in the crisis period and beyond - technology supports it, people want it, and it can deliver cost and efficiency savings for the business. But what happens when employees take the ‘work anywhere’ message and opt to work in another country or state?

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How PwC can help

PwC is uniquely positioned to help companies design a governance and policy framework, and ongoing approach to help manage the associated considerations and risks, while also unlocking the benefits of embracing a global virtual workforce. PwC can assist with workshops to help frame strategy and governance, compliance reviews for displaced workers, benchmarking, policy design, training, communication, process mapping, as well as ongoing end-to-end global virtual workforce management.

Strategy and governance

  • Process mapping with roles & responsibilities
  • Determine most appropriate tracking and governance approach for the organization
  • Determine organization structure and service delivery model design

Assessment and risk

  • Risk assessment by country or by individual
  • Cost analysis - employer and individual
  • Determine risk assessment rating system


  • Develop FAQs and Employee Education
  • Create communications for the business / HR
  • Loan staff assisting with queries

Policy and approach

  • Advice on market practice and benchmarking
  • Determine most appropriate policy for the organization.  Impact on compensation & equity
  • Virtual Assignments - the new Assignment Type


  • Tax services to remote worker - consultation / tax returns
  • Advice to employer on payroll tax / compliance requirements - operation of shadow payrolls 
  • Other compliance needs (e.g. social security)

Specialized structures

  • Advice to client on available alternative structures for longer term remote work philosophy
  • Create longer term sustainable employment vehicles for remote work - central employment entity


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Eileen Mullaney

Principal, Leader, PwC US

Amanda McIntyre

Global Mobility Principal, PwC US

­Kathy McDermott

Global Mobility Principal, PwC US

­Andrew Gaudin

Global Mobility Principal, PwC US

Sam Cranmer

Global Mobility Director, PwC US

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