As assistance grows more tailored to the specific needs of employees and employers, a multitude of reimbursement methods remains in place. For the second year, full reimbursement of expenses for new hires (36%) falls to the lowest level historically, remaining out of favor in comparison to lump sum payments (45%). Full reimbursement for transferees dips lower compared to last year (55% vs. 66%) and matches the lowest level measured in the past thirteen years (2007). While the offering level of full reimbursement to transferees is similar to 2006-2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014 (55%+) it is well below historically higher levels of nearly two-thirds or more of firms providing this type of reimbursement. Popularity of other reimbursement methods for transferees is similar for almost all of the past eight years, with close to half using lump sum payments and roughly four out of ten using partial reimbursement.
Companies estimate roughly half of their relocations were either partially reimbursed or paid by lump sum only. Before the turn of the century, full reimbursement was by far the method used most for both transferees and new hires. Differentiating for full reimbursement continues, with 55% flexing the option for transferees, 36% for new hires. While lump sums or partial reimbursement have more similar usage levels for transferees and new hires, current employees appear to have a better chance of receiving full coverage of costs.