Using data largely analysed between September and November 2017, Mercer's 20th annual Quality of Living survey tracked and ranked 231 cities to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on worldwide assignments. It is one of the world's most comprehensive surveys and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on global assignments.
The survey ranks 450 cities throughout the world, considering 39 factors within 10 categories; consumer goods, economic environment, housing, medical and health considerations, natural environment, political and social environment, public services and transport, recreation, schools and education, and socio-cultural environment.
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The top five cities on Mercer's index are Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver.
Singapore's top ranking in Asia, a spot it also held a year ago, puts it well ahead of regional rival Hong Kong, which placed seventh in the region and 71st globally.
This year the survey also looks at city sanitation, analysing waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, and water availability and quality.
"Companies need to consider these factors in their value proposition to both their local and their expatriate employees", said senior partner and president of Mercer's career business, Ilya Bonic.
Vienna took the first spot in the ranking for the ninth year in a row.
Cape Town came in at 94 and Johannesburg one notch lower on the ranking which features 231 global cities.
Dublin takes pride of place among Irish and United Kingdom cities, coming in ahead of London (41), Edinburgh (46), Birmingham (50), Glasgow (50), Aberdeen (58) and Belfast (68). Munich jumped to the 3 position because of "a concerted effort to attract talent and businesses by continuously investing in high-tech infrastructure and promoting its cultural facilities". Dropping two places, Monterrey (112) is the highest ranking city in Mexico, while its capital, Mexico City, drops one to rank 129th. Other UK cities including Glasgow (50), Birmingham (60) and London (67) were ranked less favourably.