International Cost of Living Calculators

We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Detailed international cost of living and salary comparison.

Cost of Living Comparison: Determines allowance based on cost of living difference.

International Cost of Living Index: COLI's for multiple locations using home base.

International Assignment: Global Mobility using build-up approach.

Hypothetical Tax: Effective tax rate for any country in the world.

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Mobility Calculators

Do you need a Cost of Living Comparison Calculator?

The global cost of living calculators have been created to compare the cost of living in every country and major city in the world, to help you manage short and long term assignments (page down for a description of each cost of living calculator):

Cost of Living Allowance
Cost of Living Index
International Assignment Management
Salary Purchasing Power Parity
Hypothetical Tax Calculator
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International Cost of Living Calculator Pricing

7 Day Subscription = $39 USD$ per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

Annual Subscription = $89 USD$ per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

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Articles & Rankings

Cost of Living Articles and Rankings

-International City Cost of Living Rankings

-Regional Cost of Living Rankings (Africa;
America; Asia Pacific; Europe; Middle East)

-Latest Inflation Rates around the world

-Latest Personal Income Tax Rates

-Cost of Living Rankings by Basket

-Articles related to cost of living
and expatriate life

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Cost of Living Reviews

Cost of Living Reviews by City and Country for 780 International Locations

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How do I run the International Assignment Management calculator to get a report?

1) Login using your username and password

2) Check that you have purchased locations

3) Select "Calculators" from the menu

4) Choose the International Assignment Management Calculator (IAM): The IAM report sets out clear guidelines to make an international assignee/expatriate’s transfer fair and financially viable, taking cognisance of the reward structure and market dynamics of the home and host country. The calculations use the build-up / balance sheet / home based approach and include hypothetical tax, cost of living index, hardship premium, exchange rate, expatriation premium, benchmark housing allowance and benchmark transport allowance. The objective is to ensure consistent equitable treatment and benefits for all expatriate assignees and have a user friendly reward structure to provide seamless coverage for different family scenarios. Recommended for the calculation of the remuneration and benefits for a typical expatriate assignment of a 6 month up to a 5 year duration using your choice of home and host location.

The calculator will prompt you for the following inputs:

1) Reference Information: Give your report a reference name and then include the name of the individual for whom you are running the report. This will help you identify your reports for future reference.

2) Home Location Information: Provide the name of your Home Company, then select your Home Location and Currency.

3) Host Location Information: Provide the name of your Host Company, select your Host Location and Currency; then select the appropriate job level and family size.

4) Cost Allocations: Select the basket costs that will be paid for by the employee from his own salary (column on right) and what will be provided for by the employer or state, for the employee (column on left). Basket costs that are provided for by the employer, are not included in the cost of living calculation. The default is that all basket costs will be paid for by the employee from their own salary unless otherwise specified.

Note: There is no point in selecting that all costs are provided for the employee by the employer, as then theoretically the employee would not need to earn a salary.

5) Currency Details:

- Home Base Salary: Provide the Basic Salary plus the cash value of all allowances and benefits. Base Salary excludes all variable payments and payments related to performance.
- Hypothetical Tax: Provide the typical/Average (Hypothetical) Tax to be deducted from Home Base Salary, if applicable, in terms of home location prevailing tax rates.
- Home Net Salary: This is the Base Salary less Hypothetical Tax and will automatically be calculated for you.
- Host Essential Spending %: This is the percentage of Home Net Salary to be used for spending in the host location. The international benchmark is 40%, however this can be increased or decreased accordingly.
- 40% Essential Spending: This is the amount of the Home Net Salary to be used in the Host Location. The international benchmark is 40% of Home Net Salary, however this can be increased or decreased accordingly.
- 60% Home Net Balance: This is the balance of the Home Net Salary to be kept in the Home Location, however this can be increased or decreased accordingly.
- Expatriation Premium %: This is the percentage of the Home Base Salary to encourage international mobility. The international benchmark is 15%, however this can be increased or decreased.

6) Run Report: When you are sure that all your selection criteria are correct, click on run report.

You can re-run your reports for each location purchased for the time period purchased, either seven days or an annual subscription.