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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


ECA’s Location Ratings: are global living standards improving or worsening?  

21 February 2019

Using ECA's Location Ratings as a measure, has life improved or declined since the turn of the millennium? And how do the longer-term trends compar...

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Disaster, Disorder and Division: How events of 2017 have affected ECA's Location Ratings scores  

22 January 2018

2017 was a chaotic year throughout the world. Natural disasters, political tensions and economic issues have all had an effect on ECA's Location Ra...

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ECA Global Perspectives - Location Ratings  

29 May 2018

This free report looks at how to calculate and apply location allowances to compensate employees for the hardship they may experience in adapting t...

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