Focus Taiwan wrote:Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taipei placed ninth from the bottom in the global rankings of expat salaries among 52 cities across the world, according to the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey.
Expatriates working in Taipei make US$76,788 per year on average, higher than in Buenos Aires, Prague, Manchester, Glasgow, Barcelona, Birmingham, Brisbane and Edinburgh, according to the HSBC survey of 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories.
A total of 52 cities reached the minimum sample threshold of 90 expat respondents and were analyzed separate from their countries.
Expatriates who work in Mumbai, India, are the highest-paid in the world, according to the survey conducted by HSBC Bank International, earning an average of US$217,165, more than double the world average of US$99,903, the survey found, according to multiple reports.
Next were expats in San Francisco, with an average annual salary of US$207,227, and three other Asian cities --Shanghai (4th, US$202,211), Jakarta (8th, US$152,589) and Hong Kong (9th, US$152,589) -- also ranked among the top 10.
Edinburgh ranked at the bottom with an average expat salary of US$56,250 a year, the reports said.
The average earnings of expats were higher than US$100,000 in 31 cities.
As the threshold for Cities was only 90 People, Surveys like this can produce some very skewed results. If all "Expats" were included in Taipei, I fear the results would be worse. That being said, other Cities may have had 90 'High Flyers" earning very high salaries.
If you removed the top 10% and the bottom 10%, the results may be more representative. Taiwan would look terrible if you included Factory workers and Carers, who are "Expats', but that would make Taiwan pay average around 25,000NTD a month
cfimages wrote:I presume that's actual expats posted here for a year or two by foreign companies rather than us folk who live here permanently.
Yeah, it'd be very interesting to know what they mean by 'expats'. After all, English teachers at buxibans and Indonesians caring for elderly Taiwanese in their homes are expatriates, as are highly paid bank VPs. Statistics are nearly meaningless without careful clarification.
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