News Release

For Immediate Release - June 15, 2017 

Worldwide ERC News Release
Kristin White
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
+1 703 842 3417

Worldwide ERC® Releases 2017 Talent Mobility in China Survey 

Arlington, VA— Talent mobility association Worldwide ERC® recently released the 2017 Talent Mobility in China survey, reporting on employee assignment activity into and within Mainland China.   The report, sponsored by leading corporate mobility outsourcing partner SIRVA, Inc., focused on current mobility trends into, out of, and within China; the evolution in developing employees and local talent; the impact of environmental concerns on assignments into China, and the status of formal mobility assistance policies for domestic moves within China.

Sample findings from the survey:

  • Survey participants report that mobility into China remained relatively stable in 2016, although 29% indicated that their long-term assignments had decreased.
  • More than one-third of responding companies predicted an increase in short-term assignments in 2017.
  • Project/task completion, business needs and employee development continue to rank as the top reasons for short-term assignments into China.
  • Companies continue to grade their talent mobility and management integration relatively poorly. This year and last, survey participants graded their companies’ integration at an average score of 2.9 on a 5-point scale.
  • Companies may be choosing to leverage mobility in their talent management programs selectively. For example, they may use mobility well in employee development, but less effectively in other aspects of talent management, such as career-path planning.
  • Developing local talent topped out the list of cost-control approaches, and may be a manifestation of a larger and broader business trend in Asia of investing in its local talent development.
  • More than half of respondents stated that they do not currently have formal assistance policies for domestic mobility in China, possibly due to the low frequency of such moves. Instead, companies may handle them on a case-by-case basis.

The Talent Mobility in China survey was conducted between November and December 2016, and represents findings from 116 organizations representing 31 industries.

Available on a complimentary basis to premier corporate HR and government agency members of Worldwide ERC®, the survey can also be purchased by other member category representatives for $95, and non-members for $250. Order the report at  

About Worldwide ERC®

Since 1964, Worldwide ERC® has been committed to connecting and educating workforce mobility professionals across the globe. A global not-for-profit organization, we are headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Shanghai, and are the source of global mobility knowledge and innovation in talent management from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to Asia and across the Americas. For more information, visit  

About SIRVA, Inc.
SIRVA is a leading partner for corporations to outsource their mobility needs, relocating and moving their executives and staff globally. SIRVA offers an extensive portfolio of mobility services across approximately 170 countries providing an end-to-end solution to deliver an enhanced mobility experience and program control and security for customers. SIRVA has a portfolio of well-known and recognizable brands including Allied, northAmerican, SMARTBOX, and Allied Pickfords. For more information, visit