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- What information can I get / What can I use Xpatulator.com® for?
- What exactly is Cost of living (COL)?
- What is hardship?
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- What are the 13 Different Cost of Living Baskets?
- What do each of the 13 different cost of living basket consist of?
- Is tax part of the calculators?
- How do you take into account varying tax rates between different cities?
- What role does the exchange rate play?
- How do I run the Salary Purchasing Power Parity calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the Cost of Living Allowance calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the Cost of Living Index calculator to get a report?
- How do I run the International Assignment Management calculator to get a report?
- Why is the cost of living index (COLI) different in every location?
- How do the Xpatulator.com® calculators work?
- If I add up the cost of living differences for each basket group, it does not add up to the overall cost of living difference. Why is that?
- Does the Cost of Living Allowance analysis take into account differing levels of compensation ex-pats will receive?
- How do you determine how much salary will be exposed to the cost of living difference (i.e., the amount of spendable salary)?
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- How often is the information updated?
- What is the methodology used for the cost of living index data?
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DATA COLLECTION AND METHODOLOGY
What is the methodology used for the cost of living index data?
The data is collected and updated on a continual basis, however we upload the quality assured indexes quarterly (1 January; 1 April; 1 July; 1 October).
The collected data (from more than 50 sources) comprises the local prices for goods and services applicable to expatriates, converted to USD at the time the data is collected. The goods and services have been grouped together into categories (baskets) and the cost calculated for each basket in each location. Furthermore, these baskets have been weighted based on extensive research of actual, senior, expatriate spending habits. As a result the cost of living comparisons are applicable to internationally mobile senior staff such as specialists, professionals, managers and executives.
The 3 month cycle involves closing off input and then conducting a rigorous quality assurance process before publishing the updated indexes. The indexes are influenced by both the actual local prices as well as the ruling exchange rates at the time the prices were collected. Statistical fluctuations can occur particularly as a result of old data dropping out and new data coming into the database. The maximum time between gathering prices and producing an updated index is 12 months. Data dated older than 12 months is dropped from the database based on the date it was collected.
Any price on which the current index is based is therefore between 1 and 12 months old.