Relocation lump sums

Are they a good fit for your business?

Any business with a global mobility strategy will want their prized assets to settle into their new role as quickly as possible. To achieve this, employers often offer employees a lump-sum package – an allowance given to the assignee to cover the cost of relocating overseas. According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, lump-sum payments are the single most popular relocation benefit offered by companies.

Before negotiating a package with the assignee, however, employers should understand the advantages and disadvantages of paying a lump-sum. Failure to offer the necessary support to assignees throughout the relocation process could result in a loss of talent.

Advantages of relocation lump sums

Disadvantages of relocation lump sums

Payment of lump-sum relocation packages

Lump-sum relocation packages are typically paid in one of three ways:

Whatever payment method you choose, the third-party support offered by a relocation specialist can prove invaluable to your business and the assignee.


Relocation specialists like Simply London have a wealth of experience helping assignees to manage lump-sum packages. They can use their extensive knowledge of the local environment – rental market, utilities, school system – to help your assignee implement a relocation strategy that maximises their budget, allowing them to focus on settling into their new role and surroundings.

Would you like to discuss your employee's move to London with us? Send us a message, or schedule a call with Sylvie.