[ecis2016.org] The financial capital of India has been ranked as the costliest city in the country for expatriates, leaving behind cities like Seattle and Frankfurt
According to Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai (ranked 82) is the most expensive city in the country for expatriates, followed by New Delhi (130) and Chennai (158). Mumbai also surpassed major global cities like Seattle (83), Frankfurt (88), Canberra (98), Berlin (100) and Istanbul (101).
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New Delhi and Bengaluru have become more expensive over the last year and their rankings have gone up, it said. Bengaluru has witnessed the highest jump in ranking, on account of a surge in prices, especially on items pertaining to food and personal care. The city is also one of the most expensive cities in India on account of transportation, which include taxi fares, cost of auto and auto parts, as well as running costs, it said.
Expatriate assignments to increase
“Despite volatile global markets and growing security issues, organisations continue to leverage global expansion strategies to remain competitive and to grow. With a large number of Indian multinational organisations progressively expanding their footprint abroad, 70% of them are expecting expatriate assignments to increase over the next two years, to address business needs as well as build careers and leadership development,” said Ruchika Pal, India practice leader – global mobility, at Mercer.
Pricing, currency stability and inflation in Indian cities, have a direct impact on the cost of expatriation for Indian multinationals, she added. “Costs of goods and services shift with inflation and currency volatility, in home and host cities, making overseas assignment costs sometimes greater and sometimes smaller,” she said.
The top 10 most expensive cities
According to the report, Hong Kong tops the list of most expensive cities for expatriates, pushing Luanda in Angola to second position. Zurich (Switzerland) and Singapore remain in third and fourth positions, respectively, whereas Tokyo in Japan is in fifth, up six places from last year. Kinshasa in Congo ranked sixth, moving up from 13th place.
Other cities in the top 10 of Mercer’s costliest cities for expatriates are Shanghai (7) in China, Geneva (8) in Switzerland, N’Djamena (9) in Chad and Beijing (10) in China.
According to the survey, the world’s least expensive cities for expatriates are Windhoek (209) in Namibia, Cape Town (208) in South Africa and Bishkek (207) in Kyrgyzstan bordering central Asia.
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