Sometimes business needs require sending employees to locations where the living conditions differ greatly from those at home. Climate conditions, disease and sanitation standards and ease of communications can greatly affect the success of these assignments. Fairly compensating expatriates for this change keeps you competitive and helps avoid assignee dissatisfaction in challenging or even dangerous locations.
To encourage mobility, and create fair, consistent financial incentives for these hardship locations, reliable information is needed. Mercer’s quality of living data is based on multiple factors and contains all the key elements needed to calculate hardship allowances for transfers to cities around the world.