Since reporting on results last year, two of the world’s best-known surveys – Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index – have released this year’s findings.
For the 9th year in a row, Vienna continues to rank first in Mercer’s survey, followed by Zurich, and Auckland and Munich in joint 3rd place. As in 2017, Sydney ranked 10th, followed by Melbourne (16th), Perth (21st), Adelaide (29th), Canberra (30th) and Brisbane (37th).
Vienna also topped the Economist’s survey, dislodging Melbourne (2nd) for the first time in seven years. Osaka, Calgary and Sydney completed the top five cities.
The relevance of this information for employers is summed up by a Mercer executive:
How successful an international assignment is hinges on the personal and professional well-being of the individual expatriate and the welfare of their families. As well as a significant hinder to a city’s business and talent attractiveness, poor quality of living can considerable impact on an expatriate’s life style. Younger generations, millennials in particular, often have high expectations in terms of lifestyle and leisure and entertainment opportunities. Companies sending expatriates need to get the full picture of conditions on the ground in order to compensate their employees appropriately ……(Slagin Parakatil)
Further details of these surveys may be found here:
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