What happens when McKinsey staffs you internationally?

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Anonymous A asked on Apr 29, 2021

I was just curious to know - if you get staffed by McKinsey on a project in another country (for 6 months) - are you 'technically' moved to the McKinsey office in that country? do you get paid based on the taxes of your office of origin? do you stay in that country the whole 6 months if you want? (and stay in hotels?)

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Florian
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Hey there,

Depending on what country your office is located + personal preference it could be that every project you do is in another country.

Regarding your questions:

1. You do not move office. McKinsey has global staffing with a global PnL. You stay employed with your home office. There are short-term transfers to different offices but this has nothing to do with project experience abroad.

2. Taxes depend on the country. E.g., if a European is staffed in another European country then there are no implications. If a European is staffed in the US, part of the tax needs to be paid in the US, etc. Nothing to worry about in general.

3. Generally yes, however, there are nuances to it. If the country is close, you can fly home every week (the standard operating model), if the country is further away you need to find a rhythm that works for you, e.g. flying home every 3 weeks for 4-5 days or so. Alternatively, in the latter option, you can also fly in your spouse for a couple of days to spend with you, rather than flying home. Often, if the whole team is far away from home, they spend the weekends together and travel within the area.

Cheers,

Florian

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Hi there,

Ultimately you need to talk through this with your staffing manager, other colleagues who have been staffed internationally, etc.

If you are staffed on a project in that country and not being rotated, then essentially everything remains the same. You will get paid by your current office and still be assigned to the current office. Local taxes *should not* apply. You can fly back home whenever you want (if it makes sense). One big perk is that, generally, budgets are provided for you to fly your significant other over to you to enjoy a weekend/week in the client country.

Enjoy...and rack up those hotel points!

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Hello!

Nope!

You still belong to your office, pay taxes in the country where that office is, etc.

The other thing would be a change in offices, for short or long stays, but international staffing is not that

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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