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ECA launches a new allowance calculation system for expatriates in remote and exceptional locations

The new tool has been developed by ECA in collaboration with its clients to provide a system for calculating location allowances for sites such as mines, plantations, military bases, oil and gas facilities, disaster zones and environments like the jungle, the desert or the Arctic.

“The term ‘remote’ in the context of mobility means a lot more than simple distance from home. It is often used for places where facilities are limited – for example where accommodation is in tents or dormitories, flights out infrequent, leisure facilities non-existent, medical care basic. That might include sites in a desert, a jungle or offshore, or expeditions. Standard location allowance calculation methodologies for expatriates aren’t designed to reflect these unique locations and circumstances so we built a calculator that can. It helps companies sending staff into such places to establish consistent and fair location allowances by assessing the particular facilities on their sites or missions.” said Neil Ashman, Senior Analyst, Location Ratings at ECA International.

Remote Location Allowances can now be bought from ECA either through a subscription to the calculator or one at a time by contacting ECA.

For further information about accessing the tool and pricing please email: eca@eca-international.com

About ECA's Location Ratings

• Standard allowance calculations:

Updated annually, ECA International's Location Ratings System measures the quality of expatriate living conditions in over 450 locations around the world to arrive at a fair and consistent assessment of the level of difficulty the expatriate will experience in adapting to a new location. Factors evaluated include climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions and air quality.

ECA's Location Ratings are delivered through ECA's Location Allowance Calculator which offers a transparent and detailed system for calculating location allowances for expatriates relocating to a new country. The system recognises that where an employee is going from and to can affect the level of adaptation required on the part of the assignee for some of these factors. Users can select region-to-city allowances or city-to-city allowances, so that depending on a company's policy the system reflects the level of detail required.

• Remote allowance calculations:

In order to derive a supplementary allowance for exceptional locations ECA’s Remote Allowance Calculator allows for additional considerations to be taken into account on top of the standard calculation for the following factors: climate, accessibility, accommodation, recreation facilities, medical provision and family status.

About ECA International

Recognised since 1971 as a world authority in its field, ECA is a leader in the provision of knowledge, information and technology to inform, guide and support managers handling compensation and benefits for international workers moving around the world. ECA offers organisations of all sizes an unrivalled portfolio of data, calculation aids, salary management software, reports, guides, surveys and consultancy to help them structure and manage their international rewards programmes for long-term, short-term and permanent moves.

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