International Dual Career Network (IDCN)
- IDCN is a global non-profit organisation founded in 2011 by Nestlé in Switzerland to facilitate the job search of expat employee spouses, and provide companies with access to an international talent pool.
- As a global partner, Maersk works with IDCN chapters in 13 cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London, and the network is growing.
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As a global company, thousands of Maersk’s international employees work in a foreign country. Moving to a new job in a new country is a challenge in itself. But that challenge gains a new dimension when considering that many of these people are accompanied by their spouse or partner who may have given up their own job to follow them abroad.
According to global HR consultancy Mercer, one of the main reasons for expat workers to leave a foreign assignment is that their partner has not found a job and is unhappy in the new country. In a 2015 report, 41% of the multinational companies surveyed labelled ‘spouse / partner unhappiness’ as a key reason why international assignments fail.
A daunting experience
HR professional Ayesha Hartlett experienced this situation first-hand when she left her friends and family in South Africa, to follow her husband to Denmark when he landed a job at Maersk in Copenhagen.
“It was a daunting experience to come to a new country where you don’t know anyone, you have no network, you’re not working and you’re faced with one rejection letter after the other,” says Harlett.