Find out how much income you need for a comfortable life as expat

Find out how much income you need for a comfortable life as expat

Many expats are tempted to live overseas by looking at big salaries. It is very tough to find the living price of that place before migrating and
many a times expats accepts offer at low wages without knowing the monthly expenses.The cost of living in some expat hot spots can make a huge dent in earnings, even before extras such as airfares home and socialising.
Now, a British company has launched a service that, they claim, calculates exactly what salary is needed to achieve the desired lifestyle in 140 destinations worldwide.

Kesiena Ogefere, the co-founder and CEO of, explained: “With so many statistics floating around,
crunching the numbers can prove tricky.
“With the help of reports from Salaryexpectation, expats do not need to search around for cost of living information. The salary calculator can help in exactly how much they need to earn to maintain and improve their standard of living.”

Miss Ogefere said the reports uses statistics from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is the business information arm of the Economist Group.EIU accesses cost for everyday use items such as bread, milk and toiletries, plus utility bills and apartment rental prices.
The reports use this as a basis, and provide additional information such as a personal tax summary for the destination country.


The results could prove useful in helping a would-be expat assess whether the salary they have been offered will cover any difference in the cost of living compared with home.

Miss Ogefere, 26, is a human resources professional working for a technology company. Originally from Nigeria, she currently lives in London.

She explained:

“The whole idea came about trying to solve a problem at work, where I recruit from all over the world, and I had the same problem
when I was moving to the UK.
“Around 90 per cent of the people I interviewed had no idea of the cost of living in the destination they were moving to, and that caused problems with their salary expectations.
“I’ve known someone to move based on a certain salary level and then realize the cost of living was way higher than they thought it would be.
“They ended up making the decision to move home again, which caused a lot of problems not just for the candidate but for the recruiter too.
“I wanted to come up with a product that’s very easy to use.”


People thinking if moving overseas can find lot of information on the internet, but many of them is often conflicting and unverified.Her website was launched earlier this summer with a view to filling the gap in the market and more than 100 reports,
which cost US$50, have been produced so far. Most customers have been planning moves to the US, Australia, India and Spain.

Jon Copestake, retail and consumer goods analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said the reports offer a “lighter, briefer and more affordable” version of their own reports.
The EIU products are aimed at the business-to-business market and cost hundreds of dollars.
According to Mr Copestake, the data comes from correspondents who report twice yearly on the cost of 160 different goods and services, from the price of butter to the price of a car.”This enables us to compare the cost of living in London with Hong Kong and Manchester with New York,” he explained.