Symposium Huddle

Expat Academy Symposium Huddle Tuesday saw a return of the Huddles and it was fantastic to see so many smiling faces, albeit virtually. Two Huddles in a day was madness for us! It wasn’t the original plan but alas, train strikes, so we did have to condense and adapt. Let’s just be grateful this wasn’t a GCSE exam and that we had an alternative option! 

As always, a big thank you to everyone who attended, our corporate friends who presented, and of course our Partners! 

This was the first time we got a taste of Vialto! Released from the shackles of audit client rules that restricted them as PwC, we heard a bit of what they are going to be about, followed by topical updates on remote working / work from anywhere, the end of COVID-related relaxations of tax and social security rules, and other important ‘2022 and beyond’ predictions. 

We continued with huddle chats on DE&I, sustainability and dived deeper into a couple of remote working examples. 

Mott MacDonald were the Symposium volunteers for a corporate update, and it was great to learn from their recent experiences in implementing a remote working policy and also how they approached a new location for them with regards to an immigration strategy (and learned what to do next time!). 

Then came the topic affecting us all in some way or another right now and that is the cost of living. Fantastic reminders from Mercer on, firstly, the basics of how things like a home-based balance sheet work so GM professionals are armed with answers when expats may expect more money in their pockets, and secondly, what else companies are doing. More responsible pay rise in conjunction with one-off bonuses, flex benefits focussing on shopping discounts, or seminars on financial management; they are all creative ideas. 

Sounds good right? Watch out for this week’s EAR from your account manager for the detailed write-up 😉 

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