City attractiveness | Mercer Interview with the Mayor of Seoul
Over the past 20 years, Seoul has been striving to improve its standard of living for its residents. Read more in an interview with the city's mayor.
COVID-19 and bonuses: taking care of employees and your bottom line
Some companies have been using targeted bonuses to meet various aims during the pandemic, but how do you provide these in a way that is sustainable and equitable?
Addressing the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on cost of living allowances
Recent volatility in currency markets has prompted international businesses to review their compensation adjustments for affected workers.
Managing cost-of-living issues in a pandemic
Cost-of-living allowances are always subject to change, but in times of crisis the swings can be dramatic. Let's look at what affects differentials and taking a balanced approach to implement them.
COVID-19 update: foreign exchange volatility and COLA
Currency exchange rate volatility can cause hardship or windfalls for international assignees, depending how organizations respond to them. Here we explore the considerations before adjusting a cost-of-living premium.
BRINK: As living costs shift, expat programs turn to tech platforms
Ilya Bonic, president of Mercer's Career business, and mobility consultant Olivier Meier discuss the interplay among urban dynamism, cost of living, and mobility management tools in an article for BRINK.
2019 cost of living ranking: China
An in-depth look at cost of living changes over the last five years in major cities in China, featuring an infographic of price changes.
2019 cost of living ranking: Mexico
An in-depth look at cost of living changes over the last five years in major cities in Mexico, featuring an infographic of price changes.
2019 cost of living ranking: Poland
An in-depth look at cost of living changes over the last five years in major cities in Poland, featuring an infographic of price changes.
2019 cost of living ranking: South Africa
An in-depth look at cost of living changes over the last five years in major cities in South Africa, featuring an infographic of price changes.
Tracking Your Pay on an International Assignment
An issue that often confuses expatriates is that of “host-location spendable income.” Here we illustrate it through practical examples.
Changes to Cost of Living Allowances: A Closer Look
A longstanding approach to expatriate compensation is the home-based balance sheet methodology. Here we describe the approach and variables that affect it.
What Is the Relationship Between Family Size and Mercer Spendable Income Amounts?
As the size of a household increases, so does money spent on goods and services – but at a decreasing rate. See how that affects spendable income calculations.
Utilities - An overlooked piece of the Cost of Living Housing Puzzle
The cost of electricity, gas, and oil for appliances, plus water, garbage collection, and so forth should be factored into allowances.
Cost of Living Housing Exceptions - Policy Flaw or Necessity?
Define the underlying criteria of the housing allowance to ensure fair, consistent treatment while controlling costs.