Santa Fe reveals the primary drivers for global assignments

Updated: Sep 5

TALENT MOBILITY: Despite an abundance of localised talent shortages, the biggest driver for international assignments is still their ability to develop future leaders for multinational employers.

That has been one of the key takeaways from Santa Fe Relocation's recently launched research into the global mobility space. The full report, titled Redefined, is the 10th annual survey from the relocation specialists.


According to 28% of the respondents to the survey, the primary driver for creating and executing international assignments for staff is the leadership development potential that it creates.


Other factors driving the return to international work assignments in the post-pandemic period are:

  • To provide continued employment to employee or partner — 26%

  • To enhance existing skills in the key markets — 17%

  • To deploy new, strategic leadership in the destination markets — 15%

  • To enhance diversity, and cultural and change management — 8%

  • To achieve a specific objective or project delivery — 6%

Download a complimentary copy of the full Redefined report at this link.


This data analaysis was extracted from Chief of Staff Asia's report on Talent Mobility. For further coverage, and access to the full report, please see any of the below links:


On the Road Again: Talent Mobility in the New Normal (full report)

Staff mobility enjoys a cautious rebuild: Chief of Staff research (news highlight)

What's driving the cautious recovery in business travel? (feature)

Primary drivers for international assignments (data analysis)

Refresh needed for travel and mobility policies (feature)

Business travel trends: Working on holiday or on holiday at work (feature)

Expatriate package costs in Southeast Asia (infographic)

The three industries where staff are most looking to restart business travel (feature)

Delving into the future of talent mobility (infographic)

Agility and flexibility in need for post Covid business travel (wrap-up)



This Chief of Staff Asia research paper has been proudly supported by the following Chief of Staff Asia partners:


Santa Fe Relocation


Santa Fe Relocation is a Global Mobility company specialising in managing and delivering high-quality relocation services worldwide.







ECA International



ECA International is the world's leading provider of knowledge, information and software for the management and assignment of employees worldwide.

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