Examining Cost-of-Living Differentials at Different Earnings Levels

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 13. August 2018 11:23
Relocation and HR Professionals using the Relocation Assessor frequently ask, "Why does the cost-of-living differential change when I increase or decrease the Annual Earnings? Shouldn’t it always be a fixed percentage?" To evaluate COL differential estimates, it is necessary to have an understanding of the underlying expenditures patterns. [More]

Cost-of-Living Differentials for Top Expat Locations

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 11. June 2018 09:37
The recent HSBC Expat Explorer Survey provides a ranking on locations for expat job opportunities. The over 27,000 participants chose San Francisco, London, New York City, Dublin, and Birmingham, UK, as the top five cities. The ranking in the survey was based on work/life balance, cost-of-living, and salary. In order to consider the merits of each location, a Top Talent expat will need to fully examine the cost-of-living differentials between his or her Base (home) location and these Destination cities. On the hiring side, Human Resource professionals must be prepared to provide these highly-sought-after candidates with granular details on the cost-of-living as part of a competitive offer. As shown below, ERI's Relocation Assessor can provide comprehensive, defensible, and reliable estimates to meet this need. [More]

The Role of HR Leaders in Business Integration

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 17. May 2016 14:29
HR leaders manage the human side of business transactions during the due diligence, deal close, and business integration stages. The strategic questions about how a new business target aligns with business objectives related to growth in new products or services, accessing new geographic markets, and/or recruiting mission- critical talent have already been answered during the research to identify the business target. During due diligence, the focus is on uncovering any red flags (if any) that may end the discussions for a host of different reasons. Once there is a definitive agreement signed to pursue the acquisition, the terms of the purchase are detailed with specific buyer and seller responsibilities. Then the heavy lifting begins with business integration to realize the intended business synergies. [More]

Talent Management and Employee Relocation

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 9. March 2016 13:31
Organizations are offering more innovative, flexible relocation programs as a way to align talent management strategies to business operation demands and to better compete in the war for talent. The employee (and family members), performance managers, and human resources are critical stakeholders in the process. Whether the company initiates a relocation for business and professional development purposes or the employee initiates it for personal family or career interests, the stakeholders collaborate to make an informed decision about the move. Cost of living, compensation, and career management are three factors that need to be evaluated to ensure a relocation is successful. [More]

Metrics for Cost-of-Living Analysis

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 5. May 2015 14:36
Cost of living is frequently a key decision metric for opening and relocating business units. It is common for management to ask relocation and HR professionals to compare the company’s locations to the US National Average cost of living as a benchmark in analysis. The Relocation Assessor databases contain data for over 6,000 US locations of all sizes, which are used to establish this important benchmark. Since many companies are located in larger cities, it is useful to consider other averages in benchmark comparisons. Housing costs (both rental and home ownership), a key component of cost-of-living differentials between locations, are significantly higher in large cities. Using the cloud-based Relocation Assessor, we develop two additional benchmarks below: a US Large City Average and a US Large City Average which excludes New York City (NYC) and San Francisco (SF). The following cities are included: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. [More]

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