Spouse/Partner Assistance

Forty-two percent of all firms offer employment assistance to the spouse or partner, similar to levels charted over the past decade, except for the high (50%) in 2009 and low (33%) in 2007. Among mid-size firms, 41% offer assistance, similar to every year in the past decade except the low (18%) in 2007. Similar to most of the past decade, around six out of ten large firms offer assistance (58%). This is significantly above the low (45%) in 2007 and close to the highs (60%+) charted in 2003, 2009, and 2011. The percentage of small firms is the same as last year (34%) and similar to the past ten years (32%+), except for the 2009 high (48%).

Mid-size and large firms are more likely than small firms are to offer outplacement/career services from an outside firm (51% and 61% vs. 13%). Small firms offer networking assistance (64%) far more than do mid-size (39%) or large firms (36%). There is some common ground, however; among all firms, roughly a fourth or more offer résumé preparation assistance. Around a fifth of small and mid-size firms offer employment within the company. And around a fifth of small and large firms offer interviewing skill training.

Impact on Relocation

Overall, the percentage of firms where spouse/partner employment "almost always" or "frequently" affects an employee's relocation is similar to 2013 (48% vs. 46%). Last year, regardless of size, nearly half of firms reported employment status had an impact "almost always" or "frequently." This year, however, small and mid-size firms are much more likely than large firms are to cite impacts (54% vs. 32%).

Although the impact remains similar to levels recorded over most of the past decade, it has increased significantly compared to 2008, 2010, and 2012 (39%+), and it trends near the high (52%) of 2007. The increase this year is associated with more mid-size (54% vs. 43%) and small firms (54% vs. 50%). However, the impact declined significantly at large firms (32% vs. 42%).


Forty-four percent of companies offer to help find jobs for spouses or partners relocating internationally, similar to levels from 2007 to 2013 (38% to 46%). From 2003 to 2005, far fewer firms offered this assistance compared to the domestic arena. However, this dramatically changed in 2006 and 2007. Over the past seven years, levels of spousal assistance for international and domestic moves have become nearly identical. While the percentages among small and large firms are similar to most of the past eight years, the percentage of mid-size firms jumped substantially over the past two years (50% vs. 32%+). Overall, mid-size and large firms are more likely to offer spousal assistance (50%) than are small firms (25%).

Question 39
Frequency of employee's relocation being affected by employment status of spouse/partner
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Question 40
Companies that allow the hiring of spouses of employees
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Question 40a
Companies that assist an employee's spouse or partner in finding employment in the new location
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Methods of spousal/partner employment assistance
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Methods of spousal/partner employment assistance
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Question 40c
Approximate percentage of relocated employees with a spouse/partner who used employment assistancee
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Question 44h-1
Method of employment assistance for internationally relocated employee's spouse or partner
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Question 44h-2
Method of employment assistance for internationally relocated employee's spouse or partner
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