As companies increasingly pursue global market opportunities, they continue to face the rise of skilled labor shortages and globally minded employees. A company’s ability to hire, mobilize and manage a workforce across international borders will be the decider of success. In an effort to help leaders like you obtain these goals — by benchmarking the present and future state of global immigration at organizations across industries — today we’re announcing the results of our second annual Envoy Immigration Trends 2017 survey. Conducted online by Harris Poll, the report reflects the insights of 442 employers across the United States.
“Despite uncertainty surrounding how the current administration will restrict legal immigration or trade, our survey results reveal that the desire of, and necessity for, employers to hire and mobilize a global workforce remains very real,” said Dick Burke, president and chief executive officer of Envoy. “The continued ability of employers to acquire and develop global talent is vital and plays a crucial role in helping our country remain competitive in today’s economy. Our country’s political leaders must keep this in mind while considering any immigration or trade policy changes in the coming months.”
Here are the top takeaways:
1. Employers Plan to Hire More Foreign Nationals Amid Political Uncertainty
Fifty-five percent expect their foreign national headcount to increase in the next year, representing a 21 percentage-point increase year over year.
2. Employers are Investing in Attracting and Retaining Global Talent
More than four in five employers (83 percent) offer immigration-related perk packages, most commonly paying for travel, housing and dependent visas or green card applications for family members.
3. Employers are Experiencing Significant Global Immigration Challenges
Fifty-five percent of employers say Requests for Evidence (RFEs) have increased in the past five years.
4. Employers are Attempting to Manage an Increasingly Complex Global Immigration Process
Seven in 10 employers (70 percent) have a global mobility department handling relocation assistance programs, tax and immigration.
Curious to see how your organization measures against the rest? Download our new study: Immigration Trends 2017.