Return to:

Expatriate Services

Strategy and Policy

Before Borrie Expatriate Services issues advice on an international assignment, a business case is made in collaboration with you. In it, the following questions, among others, are answered. Is an international assignment really necessary? Would it not be sufficient to make use of a cheaper local worker? An estimate of the costs forms an important part of the business case. Expatriates are usually more expensive than local workers due to the many extra costs involved (relocation, expat surcharges, house rental, school fees, and additional taxation on the various extra payments) and, after all, companies also want to maximise their returns.

Salary agreements and labour costs

The extra costs associated with the family moving and living abroad are often offset by a lower tax rate or other tax advantages in the country of deployment. As a result, the employer can assist the employee with these costs by making use of that lower rate in the salary agreements.

The same applies to firms which bring employees to the Netherlands: it costs money to bring them over, but a lot of costs can be paid tax free due to the Dutch 30% ruling, whereby the average tax rate and thus the labour costs for the company sometimes even fall.

Reaching a recommendation together that makes sense to everyone

In more or less every case, costs are increased by moving the family over, among other things. There are therefore financial considerations as well as emotional ones; both play an important role when reaching the final decision. One consideration point here is the form of international assignment chosen.
The aim of Borrie Expatriate Services is to look in detail, with you, at all the arguments and possible pros and cons, so that we can finally reach a recommendation that does justice to the interests of all parties.