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Posted by Kate Miles |
UK Relocation: Scottish Land and Building Transaction Tax

Scottish legislation, known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) Bill is set to be introduced on 1 April 2015. The new rules will replace the current system of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Scotland. Working with our preferred supplier, Adie Hunter Solicitors & Notaries, Glasgow, our latest Cartus Mobility Insights provides further information on the new rules and their potential impact on international and UK domestic relocation to Scotland.
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The Hidden Obstacle to Mobility: Schooling for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Susan Ginsberg |
The Hidden Obstacle to Mobility: Schooling for Children with Special Needs

Cartus’ Biggest Challenges survey lists schooling issues as one of the leading challenges for employees relocating abroad. Of particular concern were schooling challenges in Greater China (cited by 48% of respondents), Africa (45%), and the Middle East (44%). Given that the survey sample includes employees both with and without children, it is almost certainly the case that for families with children, schooling is at the top of the list of concerns. Think about your own relocating employees; it’s quite likely that the biggest single obstacle to talent mobility involves moving with children.

In the industrialized world, somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of students have some form of special education need. This can include anything from autism to attention-deficit disorder to medical conditions that require the child to receive supplemental academic support. This figure also includes very gifted students, who are often placed in special programs designed to challenge and stimulate them. Parents of these children have spent a great deal of time ensuring that the right support is provided to their children in the home location, and they will be extremely reluctant to upend those arrangements for an international assignment or domestic U.S. move.
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Relocating to Vietnam: What You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Barry |
Relocating to Vietnam: What You Need to Know

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is known for its beautiful landscape and welcoming people. Our latest Emerging Market Watch on Vietnam discusses the key challenges that international assignees may face when living and working in the country.

Those relocating there should be sure to visit the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam, which offers colorful floating markets, fruit orchards, rice paddies, villages, and bird sanctuaries. The bustling Ho Chi Minh City, located along the Saigon River, is also not to be missed. Watch the Cartus On the Ground video on Vietnam to find out more about this emerging market destination.
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Cartus Named to Training 125 List for 14th Consecutive Year

Posted by Patricia Small |
Cartus Named to Training 125 List for 14th Consecutive Year

For the 14th consecutive year, Cartus has been ranked as a top company for organizational development and training by Training Magazine—the training industry’s premier publication. We are the only relocation services provider to be included in Training’s Top 125 list.

“Being recognized by Training Magazine for 14 consecutive years is a tremendous source of pride for us,” said Amy Meichner, Cartus senior vice president, global human resources. “The collaboration between our Learning & Development staff and our business groups is what helps us identify the innovative training solutions that are the cornerstone of the services we provide to our clients and customers worldwide.”
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Relocating to Poland: What You Need to Know

Posted by Agata Bondarczuk |
Relocating to Poland: What You Need to Know

Located in Central Europe, the Republic of Poland is becoming a frequent destination for international assignees. Our latest Market Watch on Poland discusses the challenges that assignees may face when moving there.

Challenges for International Assignees

Housing

There is a distinct divide between availability of properties in major cities and the rest of the country, with the general rule being the smaller the city, the less housing available. Cities like Warsaw, Lodz, Wroclaw, and Krakow provide a good selection of expatriate accommodation, including apartments and houses. Outside of these metropolises, it is unusual for locals to rent a property, and this means it can be quite challenging to source appropriate expatriate housing. Regardless of where the property is, when compared with the rest of Central Europe, rental rates are very reasonable in Poland.
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