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by Bloomberg 26.02.2018 From our online archive
Mumbai, India's financial, commercial and entertainment capital, tops global rankings for expat salaries, according to survey
The Gateway of India in Mumbai (Shutterstock)
The Gateway of India in Mumbai (Shutterstock)

Go East, expatriates are looking to make the big bucks in Mumbai.

Foreigners moving to the subcontinent's most populous city reported average annual earnings of $217,165. That’s more than double the global expat average of $99,903, the HSBC Expat survey shows.

Other Asian cities joining Mumbai in the top 10 expat salary rankings were Shanghai, Jakarta and Hong Kong.

While expats in Asia were generally well compensated financially, all -- including Mumbai, the megacity home to more than 18 million people -- ranked lower in expat job opportunities than UK and US destinations such as London, San Francisco, New York, or even Birmingham, according to HSBC.

"The financial and technology hubs of the US and UK are the most attractive for ambitious expats eager to push their career to the next level," said Dean Blackburn, who heads HSBC Expat.

Dublin, a tech centre in Europe, also ranked in the top five for expat job opportunities, but was below the global average in expat salaries. Nonetheless, 61% of expats in the capital of the Republic of Ireland reported an improved work-life balance.

Switzerland, the nation that has previously topped country rankings for expat salaries, had two cities in the top five. Zurich, home to banks including Credit Suisse and UBS  and a tech hub for firms including Alphabet, reported the third highest expat salaries, while Geneva, the base for some of the world's biggest commodities traders including Trafigura and Mercuria Energy, was fifth.

Despite Switzerland's notorious living costs, the country's high salaries and low personal tax rates saw 77% of expats in Zurich report that their disposable income had increased since moving. In fact, over half of Zurich expats reported that they are living in a better dwelling than they did at home even with the Swiss city's expensive rental and property markets.

And while Berlin and Prague rank toward the bottom of HSBC's list of 52, the majority of expats in those cities said the cost of living is affordable.