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Location Allowance Calculator


ECA's Location Allowance Calculator offers a transparent and detailed system for calculating location or hardship allowances.

Using assessments of living conditions for over 460 host locations from your selected home city or region, the calculator provides a breakdown of how the recommended allowance is arrived at, a downloadable matrix of all results and a unique and interactive map tool that provides a global summary of Location Ratings at a glance.

Location allowance map
Location allowance map


Find out more about ECA's 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....

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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.

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  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.

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Related media

Watch Lee Quane, ECA's Regional Director - Asia, talk to BBC World about Asia's most liveable cities according to ECA's latest Location Ratings.


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