The percentage of firms using full reimbursement, the most popular method overall, is similar to levels reported over the past eight years (59%). Use of lump sum payments by roughly half of companies is consistent with findings since 2008. Use of partial reimbursement continues to decline, falling from nearly half of companies in 2011 to 34%; yet it remains similar to levels reported in all other years since 2006. Small firms are less likely than mid-size and large firms to offer transferees full reimbursement (48% vs. 70% and 63%). However, roughly half of firms, regardless of size, offer lump sums. Mid-size firms show a strong preference for full reimbursement (70%) compared to lump sums (51%); small and large firms report similar preferences for both methods.
For new hires, full reimbursement and lump sum payments are nearly tied in popularity for the second straight year (51% and 50% in 2014 vs. 53% and 51% in 2013). Roughly half of firms have used lump sum payments for new hires since 2008. The percentage of firms using partial reimbursement continues to decline from 2011 (51%) to the lowest level in more than a decade (34%). Among all firms, full reimbursement and lump sum are the top two choices. However, mid-size firms report the strongest preference for full reimbursement (64%) compared to lump sums (48%), while preferences for the two methods vary less at small and large firms.