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 440 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 382 standard locations worldwide and more than 440 including custom requests.
- Carefully selected factors representing the criteria considered most relevant to international executives.
- A detailed outline of how we establish quality-of-living differentials between cities.
- A City-to-City Index Comparison that
summarises 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:
Political and social environment
Public services and transport
Schools and education
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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.
For further information and additional help
Mercer’s specialists are available for any advice you might need when managing your employees on international assignments.
Please contact your Mercer consultant or your local Mercer office for further information.