The Expatriate Management and Global Mobility Conference 2010 held on the 12th October proved to be a huge success. The event was chaired by Helen Elliott, Publisher of International HR Adviser previously known as Expatriate Adviser.

Hosted at the luxurious CCT Canary Wharf, for many this event was a place for like minded individuals with similar duties to come together, share ideas and find solutions to some of the most demanding challenges faced when managing a global workforce.

Key speakers Alexander Simpson and Scott Crosby, both senior managers at Grant Thornton UK LLP, gave excellent talks in regards to the changing tax legislations in the UK and abroad. They highlighted the major financial implication firms could face if they do not comply with the new rules. They also addressed the common reason as to why organizations loose control over cost when relocating workers and offered easy solutions to prevent this problem in the future. Further clarification was given on the complex issues of taxation here in the UK and regulation compliance abroad.

In a presentation in regards to the Global Immigration Update by Nicolas Rollason, Head of Business Immigration for Kingsley Napley, he highlighted some of the changes to immigration around the world. The laws are constantly being revised and since the economic downturn policies have become more stringent, especially in premier countries such as USA, Canada and Australia. However he did state signs of increasing transparency within the emerging markets such as India and China, for which has allowed for easier immigration.

The conference aimed to provide HR delegates with the necessary tools and resources to refine their mobility process to match changing business needs and objectives and that is exactly what was achieved. With major names in the business on the attendance list and informative presentations and case studies from major organizations such as Ernst & Young, Tesco Stores Ltd and AstraZeneca the conference was bound to be a great learning experience and networking event.

By Simone Howard