Hong Kong has slipped 12 places to become the 41st most liveable location for East Asian workers. The difficulties caused by Typhoon Mangkhut contributed to its fall by 12 places in the 2018 Location Ratings survey, which is published by human resources consultancy firm, ECA International.
Meanwhile, Singapore remains the most liveable location for Asian expats, continuing to hold its spot at the top for more than 10 years. Outside of Asia, Australia, Japan and New Zealand dominate the top 10 most favourable locations. Brisbane and Sydney were ranked joint second, followed by Adelaide, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Wellington and Canberra; Perth, Copenhagen and Yokohama were jointly ranked 10th.
Lee Quane, Regional Director (Asia) at ECA International said:
“Hong Kong has slipped down our rankings in the past 12 months due to the disruption and considerable damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in September.
“Although there was no loss of life, Mangkhut was the most devastating storm experienced by Hong Kong since record began and the cost of the resulting damage to buildings and infrastructure is estimated to be around USD 1 billion. Therefore, Hong Kong’s liveability score has changed to reflect the difficulties caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.”
ECA's annual Location Ratings survey assesses the overall quality of living in over 480 locations worldwide based on factors including climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; natural phenomena; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions; and air quality.
Hong Kong has dropped steadily in these rankings from its highest position of 11th place in 2013.
According to HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer Survey, which was published last year, Hong Kong is ranked 17th in the world for expats to live and work, which is a drop of four places from 2017. It is 11th in the league table for economics, 21st for family, and 18th for experience.