Bursting to the brim with overseas experience, Singaporeans working abroad can be a valuable addition to any company. What can HR do to bring them back here?
Surveying around 700 Singaporeans working overseas, the Global Salary Survey from Robert Walters found that one in two expected a salary increase of at least 15 per cent on their return home. In addition to this, the following benefits were also in high demand:
- Clear career progression
- Relocation allowance, including housing and transport
- Flexible work arrangements
- An effective way to ease the manpower crunch in Singapore
- Improved ability to provide a global mindset and an understanding of the Singapore market
- Added multilingual skillsets and the ability to work cross culturally
- Increased international exposure and expanded skillsets among workers
However, there remained a gap between employee expectations and what employers are willing to offer, he added. In fact, only one in five businesses are willing to provide the 15 per cent pay rise returning Singaporeans are asking for.
He suggested HR think outside the box when it comes to the compensation and benefits they provide to returning staff.
“As organisations vie for the best Singaporean professionals, the hiring landscape in 2016 will be candidate driven. To gain an edge in talent attraction and retention, companies need to look beyond offering attractive salary packages,” he said.
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