Factors such as climate, disease and sanitation standards, ease of communications, and physical remoteness can often affect the success of a foreign assignment. Moreover, the local political and social environment, political violence, and crime may give rise to potentially uncomfortable, inconvenient, or even dangerous situations. To encourage mobility, reliable information is needed to help calculate fair, consistent expatriate compensation for hardship locations.
Mercer is the leading provider of data on quality of living for employees sent to work abroad. Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for these expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of Mercer’s annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations.
The factors evaluated in Mercer’s Quality of Living Reports are related to: Recreation, Housing, Economic Environment, Consumer Goods Availability, Public Services and Transport, Political and Social Environment, Natural Environment, Socio-Cultural Environment, School and Education, Medical and Health considerations.
Mercer conducts a city–to–city comparisons for nearly 500 global assignment destinations. Mercer’s Quality of Living research assists multinational organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
Globally, Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, closely followed by Zurich, the runner-up. This year, Mercer provides a separate ranking on personal safety. Western Europe dominates the ranking, with Luxembourg named as the safest city in the world.
Among almost 500 cities in the world, where do Indian cities stand? Find out…