Sign in

Location Ratings


Location allowances are paid in recognition of the difficulty that may be experienced by expatriates and their families in adjusting to a new location. ECA's unique Location Ratings methodology takes into consideration both the home and host locations of the expatriate, creating a fair and equitable system for calculating location allowances. Based on multi-source research, feedback from expatriates forms an important part of the research and analysis process.

Location Ratings Reports, including recommended allowances on a choice of regional base, come as part of a subscription. ECA also offers a Location Allowance Calculator which provides more detail and more flexibility.

  • ​Provide your expatriate workforce with independently determined and defensible location allowances
  • Produce reports and allowances quickly and efficiently
  • Answer expat queries about how their allowances are constructed using the background information supplied

More about Location Ratings


Helping employees cope with air pollution in Beijing  

31 January 2017

It is now common for mobility managers with international staff in Beijing and elsewhere in northern China to field complaints about air pollution....

Read more

How have global events during the past year affected ECA’s Location Ratings?  

26 January 2017

ECA's Location Ratings Analyst, Dan Flear, discusses the impact events of the past year have had on our Location Ratings scores.

Read more

  White Papers

ECA Global Perspectives - Location Ratings  

12 June 2013

This free paper looks at the use of location allowances in compensating employees for adaptation and hardship when working in a new location.

Read more

Related media

Watch Lee Quane, ECA's Regional Director - Asia, talk to CNBC Asia Pacific about the Asia Pacific's most and least liveable locations according to ECA's latest Location Ratings.


See all ECA videos.

©CNBC Asia Pacific, All rights reserved, Used with permission