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Cost of living information services

Cost of Living Information Services

If you manage your company’s expatriate program, ask yourself:

  • Just how cost-effective is your expatriate management process?
  • Are you granting overly generous cost-of-living allowances? Is this really solving your mobility issues?
  • Do you know what makes up your cost-of-living allowance recommendations? Does your supplier give you all the information you need to justify your decisions?
  • Are your cost-of-living allowances based on prices gathered by expatriates or others who fly in and out?
  • Are you able to keep your compensation approach consistent when managing a diverse group of assignees?

Mercer’s cost of living information provides all the key elements you need to set fair cost of living allowances, as well as the supporting information required so that all stakeholders can understand the compensation package.


Mercer Employee Mobility Solutions

Multinational Approach

The Multinational approach to calculating cost of living differentials is based on a blended international spending pattern. The methodology assumes a convergence of spending patterns among expatriates from many different nationalities. With weighting of goods and services the same for all locations, this approach compares prices of similar brands from similar retail outlets in both the home city and host city. Mercer’s Cost of Living Reports provide differentials for more than 400 cities.

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Nationality-Specific Approach

The Nationality-specific approach to cost of living develops indices and differentials based on the unique spending patterns in assignees’ home countries. Using different weights for each home country, it ensures that expatriates can maintain their expenditure patterns in their host locations. This compares prices in the home country from a local-national perspective with prices in the host city from an expatriate perspective. Mercer uses the nationality-specific approach to provide cost-of-living data for more than 400 host and 190 home locations.

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COST OF LIVING CITY RANKINGS See how more than 200 cities compare for the cost of living as an international assignee, plus highlights from our research.

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News and Articles Our Knowledge Center features timely articles on mobility issues and trends, interviews with experts in the field, and news about conditions around the world affecting employees on international assignments.

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Expatriate Compensation

Determining the proper compensation approach can be challenging. Written by Mercer experts, our guide to compensation approaches will provide a detailed analysis of the three main compensation methods to help you choose the right solution based on your specific needs

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Policy Flexibility

As mobility programs grow and new situations arise, companies may need to be flexible on their approach to compensation. Our whitepaper outlines the considerations, benefits, and drawbacks involved.

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