Total Employment Costs Around the World

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Total Employment Costs Around the World (TEC) helps human resources and business managers assess the real cost of human capital — not only in terms of cash compensation paid to an employee, but also the total cost incurred in benefits provided, mandatory employer contributions, and taxes incurred.

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Designing a competitive, yet cost-effective, package that fits the locations in which the company operates — or would like to — demands accurate information. Mercer’s 2017 Total Employment Costs Around the World online tool provides data for 75 countries on the TEC building blocks, allowing clients to compare:

  • Compare the real cost advantage among different countries for business expansion decisions.
  • Assess and compare the benefit costs in terms of annual base salary across countries.
  • Understand mandatory employer contributions across countries.
  • Assess the hidden costs of employing a worker in any location.

The overall cost of the workforce is a critical piece of any sound business case for operating in a specific location. To analyse the pros and cons of different countries or regions, HR can access the right information with the 2017 TEC online tool. Having real costs at hand — including hidden ones — can help HR reach the right strategic decisions.

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Comprehensive Data

Total Employment Costs around the World offers an in-depth collection of global data and information.

  • 76 markets
Career Streams (by PC)
  • Executive
  • Management
  • Professional
  • Para-professional
Typical Employer-sponsored Benefits (by PC)
  • Prevalence and percentage of ABS for:
    • Retirement and other savings
    • Health
    • Company car benefits
    • Death and disability benefits
    • Other benefits
Mandatory Contributions (by PC)
  • Employer contributions as a percentage of annual base salary (ABS)
Compensation (by PC)
  • ABS, annual guaranteed cash, annual total cash, and annual total cash + long-term incentives
  • Regressed median annual total remuneration (ATR)
PCs Covered
  • 11 distinct position classes: PC42,PC45,PC48,PC51,PC54,PC57,PC60,PC63,PC66,PC69, and PC72
Employment Costs
  • Typical overall costs
  • Total costs as a percentage of ABS and in USD

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  • Global Online Edition: USD 1,500

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Report available: March

Markets Covered


  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Asia Pacific

  • Australia
  • China-Beijing
  • China-Shanghai
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Central & Eastern Europe

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan-Almaty
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia-Moscow
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine-Kiev

Western Europe

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Middle East

  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates


  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
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  • Sub TitleDesign competitive, cost-effective packages that fit the locations where your company operates — or would like to
  • Short DescriptionAssess the real cost of human capital — compensation, benefits, taxes, and more.