Effectiveness of Expatriate Remuneration at Ford Motor Co

This research work evaluate and analyses the effectiveness of expatriate remuneration at Ford Motor. Furthermore, it depict aim and objectives where as literature review reveals thoughts of authors on expatriate remuneration. On the other hand it explain issues related to expatriate remuneration packages which are basically highlights different allowances other benefits like, physical condition insurance, educational expenses, home leave etc. And different allowances cover that, relocation allowance, added responsibility allowance, hardship allowance, clothing allowance, separation allowance, car allowance. Expatriate remuneration strategy, explain what should be the approach towards expatriate remuneration. On the other hand research methodology concentrate on data collections different methods and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Next section is about research questions which helped me to analyze data through graphical representation. Graphical representation is very easy method to analyse data, because it shrink large information in few graphs. Whereas ethical issues describe about administration services, international taxation, host government relations, international orientation and relocation etc. Limitation tells about importance of time and findings of this report is not applicable to the other organisation. Finally it explain conclusion.


Sources for this research include books, journals, article, media, organisational websites and commentary of academic experts on expatriate and strategic management. The first section of my report tells about research aims and objectives, Ford Motor brief introduction, and literature review, which gives idea about expatriate remuneration, and related issues where as second section explain research methodology, and research question layout. Third section describe data analysis, ethical issues involved and limitation of my research, and finally it revels conclusion.


Today many companies growing their business globally, for variety of reasons. Naturally they want to send home country employee abroad or hire host country national or hire third party employee to look after companies foreign operations. All 3 cases are connect to good remuneration packages. So it’s become very important to multinational organisation, to concentrate on expatriate remuneration and related issues. By taking into account all this fact, my research aim and objectives are as follows.

(2.1) Aim

Aim of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of expatriate remuneration in a ford motor

(2.2) Objective

  • To design of remuneration strategies, and systems to achieve organisational strategy
  • To prepare a report and corresponding result circulated to the senior management staff based at Ford Motor.


Ford motor is one of global leader in automotive industry. They have manufacturing and distribution centre across the six continent like North America, Europe, Asia pacific, Latin America, middle East, Africa, Caribbean. Approximately they are employing 201,000 employee in 90 countries. The companies have variety of automotive brands and that includes Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo. Furthermore company have their own financial services like ford motor credit (Ford, 2009).


Many authors have different thoughts about remuneration but the spirit an essence remains same. The literature review suggests that Krueger (2007), “as pay levels increase, the attraction of potential employees increases along with the likelihood of job acceptance and the quality of job applicants”. whereas Kerr (2002), also argue that “Remuneration systems represent a powerful and unique means for influencing an organisation’s culture”. According to Schloss (2009) “remuneration is systematic tool which include important variables within an organisation such as job design, management philosophy, performance appraisal, training and development and superior subordinate relationship.” On the other hand Porter (2003), defines “remuneration practices directly influence the decision an employee makes about whether to join an organisation, when to quit and whether to come to work”.

Attractive remuneration packages are playing a vital role in attracting and retaining good employees in multinational organisation. Attractive remuneration package must have to consider different allowances like relocation allowance, clothing allowances, separation allowances, hardship allowances, added responsibility allowance, car allowances, apart from this it must consider home leave, physical condition insurance, holidays (public holidays, and annual leave), etc. on the other hand, lack of attractive remuneration packages link to employee dissatisfaction, increased absenteeism etc. because of this, Today multinational organisation gives more attention to expatriate remuneration packages. Furthermore expatriate remuneration package are different in different multinational organisation, also different in different countries because of laws and regulation.

Expatriates defined as “employees of business and government organizations who are sent by their organization to a related unit in a country which is different from their own, to accomplish a job or organization-related goal for a pre-designated temporary time period of usually more than six months than five years in one term” (Evers, 2005). When corporation expands internationally, managers are normally responsible for to appoint right people. Bohlander & Snell, (2007) reveals that, “There are many ways a corporation can staff for new global operation. Out of them one is the company can send people from its home country. These employees are often referred to as expatriates, or home country nationals. whereas, it can appoint host-country nationals, natives of the host country, to do managing. Third it can hire third-country national, natives of a country other than the home country or the host country.” Whereas Armstrong & Murlis ( 2007), explain that, “Accommodation cost, relocation charge, Language training and boarding school fees are further financial burdens to be carried by the employer, It is now generally accepted that the most common reason for assignment failure is the inability of the expatriate or partner, of both, to adapt to the local culture. Yet despite the importance of the spouse’s contribution to a successful assignment, few organizations include the spouse in the selection process.”


During my investigation at ford motor I found number of issues which are basically related remuneration package, which covers different allowances and other benefits like, physical condition insurance, educational expenses, home leave etc.

5.1) Allowances:-

( A ) Relocation allowance:- As the name indicates that, move from one place to another. so this allowance cover the cost of supplementary expenses arising when moving from one country to another.

( B ) Added responsibility allowance (position allowance):- Sporadically relevant when the out of the country profession carries superior accountability than the estimated profession in home nation.

( C ) Housing allowances

Housing allowances should be consider to expatriate remuneration, because it is very common practice that they are considering housing allowances as separate matter and not the part of balance sheet.

( D ) Clothing allowance :- clothing allowance should be payable, because whether conditions are different worldwide, for example European countries are cold, on the other hand tropical countries are hot. so in cold countries normally you require warm clothes, where as in tropical countries you dress up by light cloths.

( E ) Separation allowance- Separation allowance covers that, if undisclosed situation or disagreeable conditions in the host nation avoid expatriates form taking their people in a foreign country, a separation allowance can remunerated. otherwise, supplementary trips home can be allowed.

( F ) Car allowances:-Car allowances should be similar to all grades of expatriate. There are many reasons expatriate requires car such as, for safety, or for status, or some expatriate demand, or some times it become difficult to travel by pubic transport in over-crowded cities.

5.2) Educational Expenses:- Educational expenses covers expatriate children education in foreign countries. In many foreign countries choice of overseas language school are limited. So in this case many time you need to take private coaching , and in foreign countries it cost very high because you have limited choice.

5.3) Holidays:- It includes two type of holidays such as annual leave, and public holidays

(A) Public holidays:- public holidays are different in different countries. host country practice is usually followed with respect to public holidays although, in non-Christian countries public holidays such as Christmas day and Easter day may be allowed in addition to the local festivals.

(B) Annual leave:- usually annual leave sanction in line with or slightly above home country practice.

5.4) physical condition Insurance :-

It is very important for every expatriate to be satisfactorily coved by physical insurance. Because I early mentioned in clothing allowances that, weather conditions are different worldwide for example European countries are cold, on the other hand tropical countries are hot, so in that situations you need to be more conscious about your health. Furthermore private medical treatment are more expensive in few countries, in addition of this hospitals are far from expatriate house. So by considering all situations physical insurance should be cover in expatriate remuneration,

5.5) Home leave:- Location affects the frequency of home leave. Areas of extreme hardship often merit a second home trip, while areas of low hardship, separated from the home country by a prohibitive air fare. might not even qualify for an annual return trip. Indeed, it is quite common for one home trip per tour to be provided from the antipodes. If a standard had to be quoted, it would probably be a fair generalization to suggest that companies will pay for expatriates and their families to fly back to their home country once per year. on the other hand, the variations on this practice are too numerous to mention and are increasing all the time as the issue of home leave becomes more emotive and a matter of as much heated negotiation as the yearly pay review. ( Ajami, 2006 )


“strategic planning is a management tool to look at the future and see tomorrow’s opportunities or challenges to gain competitive position. managers who think in terms of today are behind the times tomorrow”. ( Bryson, 2004)

By considering above issues ford motor must have to design expatriate remuneration strategy, so company will not face problems in future. Ford motor need to have follow the home based approach or balance sheet approach. while designing balance sheet, ford motor also consider remuneration built up strategy, which includes packages that demonstrates that individuals will not lose by going abroad by considering incentives, the elements of base pay, differentials, and assistance programmes or allowances. The fundamental step occupies:

(A) To Calculate the net disposable income which represents the portion of income used for day to day living expenses at home

(B) Adding additional allowances and incentives to make the assignment attractive and compensate for disruption.

(C) Determining the after tax salary that would be paid for expatriate’s job in the home country.

(D) To Apply the relevant differential to the net disposable.

Note:-Differential indicates the cost of living index.

Furthermore, ford must have to consider truly international perspective which fulfil the needs and desire of expatriate remuneration, by means of processes indentifying regional or central management training, reward system, special assignment, attendance on management programmes run by international business schools and provision of career guidance and monitoring processes form the centre, distance learning programmes, job rotation, indentifying talent and potential etc.

“Competitive strategic planning not only predicts future events but also influences them and energizes resources and activities” (Alkhafaji, 2003).


In this region I will discuss about the general synopsis of research methodology in terms of qualitative and qualitative research technique, data collection method like primary and secondary data, and layout of research questions during survey.

(7.1) Methods of data collection

Data collection method are categorised as secondary and primary data. No one of the methods of data collection provides 100% accurate and reliable information. The quality of the data gathered is dependent upon a number of other factors.

(A) Secondary data

It has Data collected by some else for some other purpose, called secondary data. Secondary data is easy to analysis, cheaper and quick to gather. Specially, in case of qualitative data. From the fig it is clear that, secondary data can be collected by documents and documents might be includes personal records, govt. publication, census, service record etc.

( B) Primary data

Data, which has generated by researcher is called primary data. it is more reliable towards two types of data, such as place and purpose. From the following fig it is clear that Several methods can be used to collect primary data. Several methods includes observation, interviewing, questioner. Furthermore observation is divided into non participant and participant. whereas interviewing is divided into structured and unstructured interview on the other hand questionnaire collect the data through two ways such as mailed questioner and collective questioner. The selection of a method depends upon the propose of the study, the resources available and the skills of the researcher.

Fig :- 1. Data collection method (Kumar, 2005)

7.2 ) Qualitative research vs. Qualitative research

Quantitative research

Qualitative research

Securing rich descriptions:-Quantitative research are less concerned with details.

Securing rich descriptions:-Qualitative research believe that rich descriptions of the social world are valuable. deliberately it unconcerned with rich descriptions because such detail interrupts the process of developing generalizations.

Capturing the individual point of view:-Qualitative researcher are seldom able to capture their subjects perspectives because they have to rely on more remote inferential empirical methods and materials.

Capturing the individual point of view:-Qualitative researcher think they can get closer to the actor’s perspective through detailed interviewing and observation.

Examining the constraints of everyday life:-quantitative researchers abstract from social world and seldom study it directly.They seek a science based on probabilities derived from the study of large numbers of randomly selected cases.

Examining the constraints of everyday life:-qualitative researchers are more likely to confront and come up against the constraints of the everyday social world. they see this world in action and embed their findings in it.

As mentioned in the beginning of this paper, the aim of this research is to investigate effectiveness of expatriate remuneration at ford motor. So by considering this aim I designed questioner which are most likely address the issue regarding expatriate remuneration. My research methodology includes questionnaire with simple question seeking response in the from ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, Multiple choice questions etc. and throughout my research work, I contacted ford motor employees only. After that corresponding result circulated to the senior management staff based at Ford Motor.


SR No.





How would you describe your current martial status?






What is your average annual income?

£0- £4,999


£10,000- £14,999



What would your ratingbe for company expatriate remuneration?

Grade A

Grade B

Grade C

Grade D


Do you think languagewill be the barrier for expatriate remuneration?



Don’t no



Do you think cultural issuewill affect on expatriate remuneration?



Don’t no



When will be the remuneration benefits?

After retirements

Before retirements

After VRS (Virginia retirements system)?

Before VRS


Do you satisfied with expatriate remuneration policy?



Don’t no



Do you satisfied with relocationallowance?



Don’t no



For data analysis I will follow the graphical representation because It shrinks huge and compound data in few graphs. Furthermore Voit (2000), describe that graphical representation enhances better communicability of data, It increases comparability of data to draw the quicker inferences. Graphical representation further enables the researcher to draw generalizations and make predictions. Now a day’s graphical techniques have become an integral part of any data analysis, especially now due to a tremendous increase in the accessibility to computing facilities.


“In writing an introduction to a study, the researcher identifies a significant problem or issue to study and presents a rationale for its importance. During the identification of the research problem it is important to identify a problem that will benefit individuals being studied”( Mamic, 2004). During my research I found few ethical issues related to expatriate remuneration and those are connected with language translation services, administrative services for expatriates, international taxation, host government relations, international orientation and relocation. Administrative services for expatriate remuneration are often complex and time-consuming activity because policies and procedures are not always clear and may conflict with local conditions. Tax equalisation policies involves tax disincentive or incentive associated with any particular international assignment. International relocation and orientation involves travel detail, arranging for pre-departure training, and providing immigration, schooling information ,medical care, amusement, and Providing housing shopping, and finalising remuneration details such as, determination of various international allowances and taxation treatment, designing of salary. Expatriates are subject to international taxation and are often subject to home country and host country tax liabilities. Further more ethical issues can arise where a practice that is legal and accepted in the host country may be unethical and illegal in the home country.


“Every research has several limitations. First, research cannot determine goals or standards, which are primarily a reflection of values” (Goddard, 2007). Time limitation is major constraints for my research, further more research has conducted with ford motor employees so its pronouncement are not obligatory relevant to the other of organisations.


In conclusion I would like to emphasize that, expatriate remuneration package should be carefully examined and that includes an elimination of the foreign services premium in its present from and a move towards reducing cost of living allowances. Furthermore expatriate remuneration for employees should be clear, planned and integrates into the career planning process as much as possible.

“Research can help to prevent mistakes. It can show that some goals, however lofty, are unattainable. And it can probe below the surface to indicate why certain results occur why certain programs do not work” (Bailey, 2009).

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