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Global mobility and immigration


As the needs of businesses to source and mobilise talent continue to increase, the nature of talent mobility continues to shift in fundamental ways. Most of the growth in talent mobility is coming not from traditional expatriates, but from a variety of new mobility types – commuters, business travellers, virtual assignments, and in the future, freelance project workers. Our Global Mobility Services network helps companies manage the complex tax, immigration, administration, and strategic aspects of deploying an evolving international workforce.

Our agile, flexible and connected approach keeps our clients ahead of the compliance curve and delivers a differentiated experience for both corporate users and employees. Our goal is to help mobility programme managers be globally compliant, 'keep a finger on the pulse' of their global programme, increase efficiency, provide programme insights and enhancements, and reduce risk.


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Issues you may be facing

  • Do you know who your mobile people are, where they are going and what they are doing?
  • How confident are you that your global mobility programme supports your objective of deploying talent strategically and delivers the best value for the business?
  • Do your expatriates know how much tax is payable and when in both their home and host country?
  • Are you struggling to keep up to date with the constantly changing tax and immigration regulations?


How we can help you

Managing risk and compliance

The mobility landscape is becoming hyper-complex, with a convergence of issues across immigration, tax, social security, governance, benefits, payroll, and consulting. In this highly-regulated environment, we’ll support you with an integrated, holistic, end-to-end mobility service offering underpinned by a global, digital platform, myMobility. We help you and your expatriates to remain compliant with home and host country tax and legal requirements

Specific services include home and host country tax filing requirements, immigration-related compliance services, managing permanent establishment risks, global compensation reporting and payroll withholding. 


Technology and efficiency

Global mobility teams are expected to manage cost-effective and highly-efficient global mobility programmes and changing mobility patterns. Having the right technology and processes in place can significantly enhance your global mobility programme.

The myMobility platform is our proprietary technology solution that provides convenient real-time updates on all of the global mobility tax and immigration work that PwC is performing for you anytime, anywhere.

Providing you with a holistic approach is key to ensuring that you and your global mobility programme succeed. We work with our clients to evaluate their processes from beginning to end to ensure your programme meets corporate goals and satisfies your customers: the business and your expatriates.

Specific services include reviewing your tax filing positions, equalisation policies, payroll reporting and withholding practices, handling of equity-based compensation, and inter-company charges relating to expatriate compensation to identify opportunities to reduce costs and manage risks.


Deploying talent strategically

Your global mobility programme's structure, flexibility, and assignment offerings can have a significant impact on talent management. Examining your global mobility policies allows you to determine if they are comprehensive, effective, and properly aligned with your organisational goals.

We believe an effective global mobility governance framework is the foundation of operational efficiency. It’s critical to identify opportunities to improve administration and service, enhance compliance, and reduce costs.


Immigration Services

Immigration remains a topical and evolving aspect of the global mobility lifecycle, with a variety of legislative and practical challenges to ensure ongoing compliance for your international assignee population while meeting business requirements of speed, risk, cost and value. The South African immigration landscape is subject to constant legislative/practical change in line with the stated objectives of the economy and related labour commitments influencing the adjudication of work visa applications. There are a variety of temporary and permanent residence options applicable to inbound foreign nationals, and their accompanying family members, and clear synergies with expatriate/corporate taxation identifies immigration planning as an integral value add to organisations operating through a variety of structures in South Africa. Our aim is to support your immigration requirements to ensure compliance through providing customised solutions, while managing risk.


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Gavin Duffy

Gavin Duffy

Global Mobility, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 4271

Stephen Marlin

Stephen Marlin

Immigration, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 797 5534