Country Full Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Country Location: The United Kingdom is in Western Europe, and consists of islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France.Country Climate: Temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current; more than one-half of the days are overcast.Country Terrain: Mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast.Country Major Languages: English.Country Major Religions: Christianity.Location Population: 1.04 Mil (2012 est.).Country Economy: The economy of the United Kingdom is that of a major developed capitalist economy. The United Kingdom is one of the world's most globalised countries. The British economy is made up of the economies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 1973, the UK acceded to the European Economic Community which is now known as the European Union after the ratification of the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993. The UK economy had been one of the strongest EU economies in terms of inflation, interest rates and unemployment, all of which remained relatively low until the 2008-09 recession, when unemployment rose dramatically, and interest rates fell to 0.5%.Country Currency: British Pound (GBP).Country Inflation: 3.2% (2012 est.).Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England and is the most populous British city outside the capital London.Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide developments in science, technology and economic organisation, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. Today Birmingham is a major international commercial centre, dominated by the service sector. Birmingham is the largest centre for employment in public administration, education and health in Great Britain.
The cost of living in Birmingham is high compared to other places. This is based on a comparison of locally collected prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services, converted to USD. Sources include local service providers in each location, international service providers, official governmental statistics and global agency data. The data is quality assured and manually checked by Xpatulator Analysts. The prices of similar related items have been grouped together into 13 basket groups and the cost of living index calculated for each basket in each location. The 13 basket groups are the result of extensive research of actual spending habits ensuring the cost of living indexes reflect a reality-based international expenditure pattern. The cost of living index for each basket for Birmingham is only available using our online calculators.The current overall cost of living rank (using all 13 baskets) for Birmingham is 200 out of 780 international locations covering every country in the world (rank 1 is most expensive: rank 780 is least expensive). The current cost of living rank for each basket is as follows: Alcohol & Tobacco costs are average compared to other places for items such as beer, spirits, wine and cigarettes. There are 321 places that are more expensive, and 458 places that are less expensive for alcohol and or tobacco.Clothing costs are average compared to other places for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. There are 314 places that are more expensive, and 465 places that are less expensive for clothing.Communication costs are high compared to other places for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile tariff and data costs. There are 295 places that are more expensive, and 484 places that are less expensive for communication.Education costs are very high compared to other places for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. There are 19 places that are more expensive, and 760 places that are less expensive for education.Furniture & Appliance costs are low compared to other places for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofa. There are 524 places that are more expensive, and 255 places that are less expensive for furniture and appliances.Grocery costs are high compared to other places for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. There are 298 places that are more expensive, and 481 places that are less expensive for groceries.Healthcare costs are average compared to other places for doctor visit, hospital stay, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. There are 324 places that are more expensive, and 455 places that are less expensive for healthcare.Household Accommodation costs are high compared to other places for items such as apartment purchase, mortgage rate, rental, and utilities. There are 235 places that are more expensive, and 544 places that are less expensive for household accommodation.Miscellaneous costs are high compared to other places for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. There are 203 places that are more expensive, and 576 places that are less expensive for miscellaneous items.Personal Care costs are high compared to other places for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. There are 163 places that are more expensive, and 616 places that are less expensive for personal care.Recreation and Culture costs are average compared to other places for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. There are 318 places that are more expensive, and 461 places that are less expensive for recreation and culture.Restaurants, Meals Out and Hotel costs are high compared to other places for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in restaurants, and take away food and beverages. There are 185 places that are more expensive, and 594 places that are less expensive for restaurants, meals out and hotels.Transport costs are very high compared to other places for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. There are 112 places that are more expensive, and 667 places that are less expensive for transport. Hardship Hardship in the context of an expatriate and their family refers to the degree of hardship they are likely to experience and the relative impact on their lifestyle in a host location. The degree of hardship correlates to the degree of difference between the home and host location. Hardship pay is compensation for the hardship likely to be endured during an international assignment in order to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. Hardship factors include-:Economic Factors: Such as poverty levels and level of service provisionPolitical Factors: Such as freedom/tolerance towards different points of view / lifestyleReligious Factors: Such as freedom/tolerance towards different religionsPublic Service Factors: Such as provision of water, electricity, sanitation, work permits etcEnvironment/Climate Factors: Such as extreme weatherPersonal Safety Factors: Such as personal safety / level of crimeHealth Factors: Such as prevalence of disease and health standardsEducation Factors: Such as education standards, prevalence of international schoolsTransportation Factors: Such as prevalence of public transport, fuel and road safety.The ratings for hardship are classified into four main groups and can be described as follows:1) Minimal Hardship (10% Hardship Premium)2) Some Hardship (20% Hardship Premium)3) High degree of Hardship (30% Hardship Premium)4) Extreme Hardship (40% Hardship Premium). Birmingham is ranked as minimal hardship with a typical hardship premium of 10%.ReferenceThe above information is updated quarterly using data collected over the previous 12 months. The international cost of living & hardship indexes are only available using our online expatriate calculators to enable users to create personalized cost of living comparison reports:Salary Purchasing Power Parity CalculatorCost of Living Index CalculatorCost of Living Allowance CalculatorPublished by Xpatulator.com on 1 April 2013.To link to this article: http://www.xpatulator.com/cost-of-living-review/United-Kingdom-Birmingham_212.cfm