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Aviva Relocation Trends Report

Published: 15 Apr 2016

Our most recent Aviva Relocation Trends Report: looks into what it’s actually like to make the move, live, work and do business in other countries.

We use the insight to help shape our products and services, so they support employers and employees alike.

More research, greater insights

In this edition of the Aviva Relocation Trends Report, we surfaced many key insights: it appears as though many employers are now expanding their commercial operations to countries where – previously – employees have been reluctant to live or work:

• Almost a third (30%) of the employers we spoke to – those who manage international assignments – said they’d sent more employees abroad over the past few years
• 46% of employers stated that the process of relocation was still difficult or very difficult, although this is far less than 2012, where it was nearly 7 in 10 employers (68%)
• But the majority (58%) of employers still find the different rules and regulations a challenge – and 36% of employees thinking about relocation felt that more details on local health provision would make the transition easier. 

In the report we deliver insights about employee transitions: how employers could make the move go more smoothly, and what they could do to make the relocation process easier. We consider the effect on employees’ health – a surprising number (36%) are concerned about feeling isolated and having no support network (30%) to rely on.

A need for more education
We also looked at health and wellbeing issues worldwide, highlighting the need for greater awareness perhaps, and pre-emptive support for employees who will be spending significant amounts of time overseas. Of those who take a regular prescription, for example, only 13% knew what the equivalent medicine would be in a different country.

Our dedication to research like this gives us the confidence to engage with a broad range of businesses – knowing we have the insights and experience to support them on International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) arrangements for their employees.

Aviva’s relocation support
Our IPMI products – International Solutions and our specialist policy for the Gulf region, Gulf Solutions – are modular. This means that employers and individuals can shape a policy to suit their needs, enhancing cover or reducing it as necessary.

With additional support such as 24/7 multi-lingual helplines and secure online access to their medical records and claims guidance, employees have the reassurance of knowing they’re supported at any time of the day or night, wherever they are based in the world.


Who we spoke to?
For this edition of the report, we spoke to 289 UK employers about the challenges they were facing, relocating their UK employees overseas, and spoke to 1,500 UK adult consumers with a broad perspective about relocating. 

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