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Mercer's Quality of Living Rankings

Mercer releases an annual Quality of Living Rankings. See the highlights of this year’s city standings expatriates.

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Consider these questions...

  • Do you have clear, objective information on quality of living differences between cities around the world?
  • Can you easily assess competitive hardship allowances for your employees on international assignments?
  • Are you consistent when setting your hardship allowances around the world? Can you justify them objectively?
  • Are your allowances based on significant international quality of living factors?
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Obtain the right solution

To encourage employment mobility and keep abreast of the competition, you need reliable information to help you calculate fair, consistent expatriate allowances. Based on 39 factors within ten categories, Mercer’s Quality of Living Reports contain all the key elements you need to calculate hardship allowances for transfers to over 450 cities worldwide. “Hardship allowance” refers to premium compensation paid to expatriates who experience – or should expect to experience – a significant deterioration in living conditions in their new host location.

Our reports are based on the Mercer’s annual Quality of Living Survey. The survey questionnaire is developed by international Mercer professionals, working closely with major multinational companies and other experts in the field.

Key features and benefits

  • Tangible values for qualitative perceptions to establish an objective assessment of the quality of living for transfers for 417 standard locations worldwide and more than 450 including custom requests.
  • Carefully selected factors representing the criteria considered most relevant to international assignees.
  • A detailed outline of how we establish quality-of-living differentials between cities.
  • A City-to-City Index Comparison that summarizes the difference in the quality of living between any two cities.
  • The Quality of Living index for the city and access to a detailed breakdown of the category scores that form the resulting index.
  • Our online Quality-of-Living Calculator that allows you to customize the Quality of Living index to your specific needs.
  • A score report summarizing the Quality of Living differences for each of the 39 factors.
  • Mercer’s recommended Quality of Living Allowance Grid that allows you to translate the quality of living index into percentage benefits and define competitive hardship allowances where applicable.

The total index is based on the following categories:

  • Consumer goods
  • Economic environment
  • Housing
  • Medical and health considerations
  • Natural environment
  • Political and social environment
  • Public services and transport
  • Recreation
  • Schools and education
  • Socio-cultural environment

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Our web-based application for data subscribers contains flexible and powerful tools to let you customize your hardship allowance calculations and access details of the scores used in calculating the quality-of-living index.

The calculator also allows you to account for additional factors, such as travel time and communication facilities between home and host country and for extreme environmental conditions.


Price per city

Quality-of-Living Report on for comparison between two standard locations (includes annual access to the Quality-of-Living Calculator, customization features and Recommended Allowances Tables):

USD 485 / EUR 360

Quality of Living custom survey for a city not included in the standard Mercer order form. Fee varies depending on difficulty of accessing information. Further custom options are available upon request.

USD 1300 to 3160 / EUR 1100 to 2340

GHRM calculators access are only granted with a minimum of 5 reports purchased.

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Quality of Living Reports

Step 1. Choose your Base City:

This city is only used in the city-by-city comparision and will be compared with your host city. To choose your base city, select one of the regions and then select a city for that region. Note: Cities marked with an asterisk(*) are only produced once a year.

Step 2: Choose your Host City:

This is the host city for your report. To choose your host city, select one of the regions and then select a city for that region. Note: Cities marked with an asterisk(*) are only produced once a year.

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