Moving To: Japan – Everything You Need to Know Before Moving Abroad

From delicious cuisine, diverse landscapes and captivating ancient culture, it’s not hard to understand why so many people from around the world are choosing Japan as their new home. For most, the prospect of relocating to Japan would be incredibly exciting. However, the thought of moving abroad and then settling into a completely new culture can be extremely stressful; and the task of relocating can be huge itself.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry; the team at Galleon International provide a range of corporate relocation services to ensure that both the employer and the employee are prepared for the moving overseas process. For the employee moving abroad, Galleon is able to support and guide them through the international relocation process by providing useful cultural information and local contacts.

 

Take a look below at the local knowledge that our overseas agents and partners in Japan provided us:

 

1. Visas and Legal Requirements


Regardless of your nationality, the visa process is the same for all individuals looking to relocate. All you need to do is apply for the visa relevant to your stay at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate General in your home country. You will need to bring with you: a valid passport; visa application form; a photograph and a Certificate of Eligibility.

While it may sound like an easy process, the Certificate of Eligibility (a certified letter from a Japanese person i.e. an employer who guarantees to support you financially) can be hard to obtain.

 

2. Cost of Living


Depending on your location, company and lifestyle, the cost of living in Japan can be extremely varied. For example, in Tokyo, renting costs can be expensive; averaging anywhere from 40,000 JPY (£288) to 150,000 JPY (£1,082) per month. Plus, most Japanese flats are rented unfurnished, so you may need to purchase cooking appliances and living room furniture before moving in. These extra costs and investments will be worth checking out before you sign any rental agreement.

 

3. Healthcare

In Japan, individuals are required to carry their own health insurance. Therefore, employees often enrol in a company health insurance plan where monthly contributions to medical insurance are deducted from their paycheck. However, in some cases, the government will cover 70% of the treatment such as prenatal care; disease control and screening exams.

 

Do you still have some questions about moving to Japan? Why not get in touch with the team at Galleon International, a renowned international removal company. Give us a call on 01708 868 068.

UK Businesses Looking to Move Jobs and Production Abroad After Brexit

A recent survey was undertaken by CBI (The Confederation of British Industry). The survey revealed that an increasing number of UK companies are creating back up plans with regard to jobs and production to move overseas due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit. But what does this mean for the UK in the long term?

The Economy

With 56% of businesses that were surveyed preparing to adjust supply chains abroad. “Unless a withdrawal agreement is locked down by December”, jobs will be lost. This will have a knock-on effect on the UK economy.

During an interview, Nicky Morgan, a Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Treasury Committee, said: “tremendous damage” is being caused to banks and other large financial services in London due to the current negotiation stand-off.

Increase in demand for relocation services

Naturally, an increase in businesses looking to move overseas means there will be an increase in demand for relocation services. As a business owner, you need to ensure that you have an effective relocation strategy in place. Galleon International are experts in international removals. Our team listen to your every need and tailor our service to suit you. We believe a personal service is essential to keep your employees and their families happy. After operating for almost 40 years, we have gained access to all the local knowledge you need to know to ensure you’re ready to start your new life.

Are you planning to move overseas just in case things don’t go as smoothly as planned?

At Galleon International, corporate relocation services, we have a team of experienced global mobility experts. Our team will create and tailor completely bespoke programmes to suit your corporate relocation needs. To find out more information on how Galleon International can help your business when relocating employees, give us a call today on 01708 868 068.

Relocating Employees: 3 Ways You Can Make Corporate Relocation Easier on Your Employees

In the moment you ask your employees to move overseas, they may be feeling a mixture of emotions. Excitement, dread and panic could be just some of the feelings going through your employees head; until the immediate flurry of logistical considerations set in.

As you prepare for the international relocation, you must make sure your employees are just as prepared for the ‘moving overseas’ transition. Moving house is stressful; regardless of the overseas move element! So it is important that your company takes the initiative to make the corporate relocation process easier on them. Not only will this result in happier employees, but you can ensure a seamless workflow transition. This means that your employee will be back to their typical workload in no time.

At Galleon International; an international moving company renowned for their personal and bespoke corporate relocation services, we have three tips for ensuring your staff have a stress-free overseas move.

 

1. Prepare Employees for Moving Abroad

As your relocating employees get ready to move into their new homes, make it as simple as possible for them to access local information. For example, you can provide them with information about the best neighbourhoods for families; what the climate is like and information on living costs. An even better way to get your employees settled into their overseas home is sending them there on a trip.

If you are unable to provide either of these services yourself, Galleon International has access to hundreds of overseas agents and partners who can provide important, local information to your employees.

 

2. Explain The Process and Your Expectations


The stress and unknown factors of moving abroad will have your employees asking lots of questions. Will you help the employee find new housing? How will the international removal of all their belongings work? Do you plan to compensate your employees for the relocation?

The key to a strong work environment is building trust through open communication. So, if you know the relocation is going to be short-term; be clear with your employee and explain your expectations for the employee’s future. The more worries you can help alleviate during the initial moving process; the more confident and comfortable your employee will feel.

 

3. Hire a Reputable International Moving Company

No matter how much time and effort your team put into the logistics of moving overseas, a professional and reputable international moving company can help put everyone at ease. When it comes to the corporate relocation side of things, your employees will feel their valuables are in safe hands with a trusted moving company. This means your employees can focus on the important bits such as finding local schools, saving for their housing costs and of course, working.

To find out more information about our corporate relocation services, get in touch with our team on 01708 868 068.

London Financial Firms Prepared for EU Relocations Post-Brexit

According to the latest EY survey, around a third of financial services firms in London have confirmed contingency plans to establish European hubs after Brexit.

Although the agreement on a post-Brexit transition period had “not stemmed the steady stream” of companies confirming their contingency plans; the EY has reported that a total of 75 out of the 222 firms had developed plans ahead of Britain leaving the EU.

The survey came just as the London mayor; Sadiq Khan, warned MPs that jobs and investments were at risk in the capital and other UK cities. This is because “the government was not doing enough to safeguard services in Brexit talks.”

Released on the 25th June, EY’s Financial Services Brexit Tracker found that there has been a two per cent increase (34%) since March, in the number of companies confirming their plans to move some of their operations or staff from the UK.

About a quarter of the firms have plans to relocate staff to one or more of the EU locations; with Dublin and Frankfurt being the most popular locations for relocation. Currently, 32 companies have confirmed plans to move staff from the UK. This is up from 28 in the first quarter.

While most firms are yet to iron out the finer details of their relocation plans; the survey shows that there is evidence to suggest that they are making decisions about the future of their employees in the UK.

Speaking to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Mr Khan pointed out that trade in services accounted for about 40 per cent of UK exports to the EU. However, the sector accounted for more than 90 per cent of the economies of London; Manchester and Edinburgh. As well as more than 80 per cent in Leeds and Birmingham.

Are you looking to put together a contingency plan ahead of Brexit, just in case things don’t go ahead as planned?

Galleon International has a team of global mobility experts who will put together specialised and unique programmes for your corporate relocation. For more information on how Galleon International can be here to help your business and its employees’ overseas move; get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

International NHS Professionals Excluded from Tier 2 Visa Quota

Last week, The Home Office announced that it would be excluding doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 visa quota; the system that limits the number of skilled workers taking jobs in the UK from outside Europe.

The annual quota currently allows a total of 20,700 workers into the country. However, removing National Health Service (NHS) medics from this total will free up thousands of opportunities for private industry and educational bodies to hire the talent they need outside of Europe.

Outlined in new immigration rules presented to Parliament on 15th June; The Home Office stressed that “up to 40 per cent of Tier 2 visa places were currently taken up by NHS doctors and nurses.” Since December, over 10,000 overseas professionals have been prevented from taking up job offers in the UK because the monthly cap has been reached.

These new regulations will not just boost the NHS. But, it will free up hundreds of additional spaces a month within the monthly Tier 2 cap for other highly skilled occupations i.e. engineers; IT professionals and teachers.

Following the announcement, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I recognise the pressures faced by the NHS and other sectors in recent months”. Doctors and nurses play a vital role in society and at this time we need more in the UK. That is why I have reviewed our skilled worker visa route. This is about finding a solution to increased demand and to support our essential national services.”

It is hoped that removing healthcare jobs will mean that employers do not face such stiff competition every month when recruiting for the other sectors. While employers will still need to navigate the current complex system; this reform is a positive step and means non-NHS employers have a good chance at finding badly-needed talent.

At Galleon International, we help to manage and support companies to relocate employees across the globe. Including destinations such as the United Kingdom; Singapore and Europe. As global relocation experts, our knowledge of the process of moving overseas and our experience with transfer management has helped many employees settle into their new jobs abroad.

If you would like to speak to Galleon International’s team of experts about our corporate relocation options; get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Relocation Programme with Galleon International

For companies who want to stay ahead of their competitors and attract highly-qualified employees, it is important that employers offer a well-designed corporate relocation programme.

Typically, employees look for a relocation programme that provides them with a wide range of benefits and services. This is to ensure that they have an easy and smooth move. Therefore, companies who can offer a relocation programme managed entirely in-house will face several challenges when they try to meet the demands and expectations of moving abroad for work.

There are many benefits when outsourcing relocation programmes to global relocation experts. So, here are five key challenges you may face and how using a global mobility company can help you and your employees:

1. Poor Cost Tracking

When managing your employee’s relocation in-house, you may run-away with the logistics of the relocation process. As a result, your programme costs are often forgotten about and ignored. Without an effective way of tracking your expenses; the costs of relocation will be hidden and cannot be effectively controlled or minimized.

By outsourcing this, your provider will be able to track and review your relocation budget on your behalf.

2. Multiple Managers in Various Locations

Unfortunately, local HR teams may have different interpretations of programmes and policies. This means that these variations can impact the benefits that transferees receive.

However, when you outsource to a relocation company; the experts will benefit from a central programme management with local and global support. Available at all times, you will receive a consistent and coherent programme that is supported in all locations, with no differences in interpretation.

3. Assignment Failure

All companies plan for a successful relocation experience for their transferees. To limit and, in many cases, eradicate potential failure, we actively encourage interaction at an early stage. Greater familiarity and local knowledge shared by destination industry partners can identify potential challenges and thus make the assignment all the more appealing; crucially lessening the burden of work facing in-house HR teams.

Companies can benefit from a specialised and unique programme if you were to outsource your relocation programme. As experts in relocation, they are able to provide you with information regarding tax issues, visa applications and compliance reporting.

 

Finally, for more information on how Galleon International can help your business with corporate relocation, get in touch today on 01708 868 068.