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Mastering Assignment Compensation


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- Delivered in Asia only -

Please note: Due to ongoing health concerns around Covid-19, it is not currently feasible for us to conduct the MAC course in locations other than Hong Kong and Singapore. Please email our Events team to indicate your interest in future courses and we will contact you as soon as dates have been determined.  

This half-day course is designed to give HR practitioners a thorough knowledge of the key concepts of international assignment compensation enabling them to become strategic partners to their business. 

Participants will come away with a firm understanding of how the home-based approach, the most common method of salary calculation, works. The course will also cover the various types of assignment allowances such as the cost of living allowance, location allowance (hardship allowance) and assignment allowance are provided and how they are calculated, market practice regarding calculation and how company policies impact assignee compensation.

The course will also ensure that delegates receive the most up-to-date information regarding market trends and best practice, and will explore how to communicate policy and assignment salaries to stakeholders.

Course objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the relationship between international assignments and compensation methods
  • To introduce the most common method used to determine employee compensation during international assignments
  • To provide a thorough understanding of the main types of allowances provided as part of an international assignment
  • To use case studies and real-life examples in exercises in order for delegates to come away with a practical knowledge that can be applied in the workplace

Who should attend

This course is designed as an introduction or refresher for anyone involved in the practical administration of international assignment policy and salary calculations e.g. Mobility Managers, HRBPs, C&B professionals, HR Managers, HR Administrators, HR Executives etc.


Introduction to international assignments and compensation
 - International assignment trends
 - Business drivers for international assignments
 - Main types of assignment
 - Aims of international assignment compensation policy
 - Main approaches to assignment compensation
The home-based (build-up/balance sheet) approach in detail:
 - Introduction: aims of the home-based approach
 - Cost of living (COL) indices and how to calculate COL allowances
 - Location (Hardship) allowance methodologies
 - Other mobility-related allowances
 - Understanding hypotax

Venue Details

ECA International Ltd
Suite 1505,
15/F., 625 King’s Road,
North Point,
Hong Kong

For a location map, please see here.


08:45-09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00-13:00 Mastering Assignment Compensation

Language of course delivery
Please note, this course will be delivered in Cantonese, with English materials.



Early Bird discount
Sign up before 9 December 2022 to benefit from a 15% discount. Prices will rise from HKD 2075 to HKD 2445 for ECA subscribers and HKD 3095 to HKD 3650 for non-subscribers.

Grow your expertise - discounts for multiple course attendance
Complete either of our two in-person training courses and receive 10% discount off the second course that you attend. Discount % applies to the price advertised at time of registration.

Please note
The course fees quoted represent the fees net of any withholding taxes which may be incurred - where withholding taxes are due on delegate fees, such taxes are to be borne by the delegate.

The ECA subscriber price is reserved exclusively for representatives of organisations who subscribe to ECA's Country Reports at the time of registration. If you are not sure if your organisation subscribes to ECA's Country Reports, please contact your Account Manager or

  • ECA subscriber price - HKD 2445.00
  • Non-subscriber price - HKD 3650.00

Terms & Conditions

All cancellations must be made in writing. Substitute delegates may be registered at any time. The full fee will be charged for ALL cancellations received less than TWO weeks before the course start date and for no-shows on the day. If a discount rate is offered at the time of registration, the discount is only applicable for the course(s) booked and cannot be transferred to a later date. ECA reserves the right to alter the agenda, speakers, dates or venue at any time.

Covid-19 Precautions

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus situation which is evolving on a daily basis, and reserve the right to postpone or cancel this event if deemed a necessary precaution. The health and safety of our delegates and employees is of paramount importance.

Please note: While we will take reasonable precautions, each delegate attends at their own risk and we do not accept any liability over and above our relevant legal responsibilities. See below for the protective measures we have introduced, and which steps you can follow to safeguard your health:

What extra steps are we taking?

  • Temperature checks: building management will perform temperature checks on all attendees upon arrival. Anyone who displays an elevated body temperature will not be granted entry and their attendance will be transferred to another date.
  • Use of inhouse training venue: the session will be held on our premises, allowing for less human traffic in comparison to public training centres and hotels.
  • Elevated hygiene measures: our training facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised prior to and upon completion of each training session and we'll take appropriate measures to reduce the likelihood of contamination of communal surfaces (such as door handles etc.).
  • Reduced class sizes: rooms will be set up for fewer numbers to allow for the maximum amount of social distancing.
  • Individually packed food and beverage will be provided for attendees where possible.

What steps can you take?

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Wear face masks to safeguard yourself and others around you.
  • Maintain at least a 2 metre distance between yourself, our staff and other attendees.
  • Do not shake hands with our staff or with other attendees.
  • Stay at home if you are showing any symptoms and inform us straight away so that we can transfer your registration to the next available date.

Register your interest

This event is now fully booked. Please complete the short form here to be added to the wait list and we will be in touch if a place becomes available.

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