*These indices are relative to the United Kingdom. This means that the UK index is equal to 100(%). If another country has, for example, a cost of living index of 120, it means that average living costs in that country are 20% more expensive than in the UK. If a country has a cost of living index of 70, then on average the cost of living is 30% less expensive in that country than in the UK.
Sources & Methodology
We researched the top ten countries with the highest UK citizen immigration rate, and compared this with our survey of 1000 UK adults. As only 4.5% of participants expressed a desire to immigrate to a location outside of the countries used in this list, we excluded any further countries in our comparison.
We used a number of authoritative websites, including nation-appropriate statistics offices, in order to produce a database of salaries and job benefits across a range of different positions. Data was cross-referenced where multiple data sets were available.
All salaries were listed before tax. If a salary was paid monthly, this was converted into annual wages. International salaries were converted into GBP using the conversion rate as at the date research began:
$1 US Dollar
£0.76 British Pounds
£0.84 British Pounds
1 SEK Swedish Krona
£0.0951 British Pounds
CHF1 Swiss Franc
£0.77 British Pounds
Each of the metrics (salary, disposable income, working hours and holiday days) was given a score that showed how it compared to data from other countries or careers.
These scores were then combined into a weighted index, showing each job and location’s score out of 10, allowing them to be ranked from best to worst.