Rising expatriate package costs in Southeast Asia still affordable

Updated: Sep 5

TALENT MOBILITY: Expatriate salary and benefits packages are rising in Southeast Asia in local currency terms, but becoming more affordable when compared to other global business hubs.


This is according to data from the latest MyExpatriate Market Pay Survey, by ECA International.


Employers need to set aside around USD 250,000 annually for middle managers based in Singapore and the Philippines, covering the three key components of salary, benefits (including accommodation and schooling for dependant children), and associated taxation.


The average package total for expatriates based in Indonesia and Thailand is slightly lower.



This infographic was extracted from Chief of Staff Asia's report on Talent Mobility. For further coverage, and access to the full report, please see any of the below links:


On the Road Again: Talent Mobility in the New Normal (full report)

Staff mobility enjoys a cautious rebuild: Chief of Staff research (news highlight)

What's driving the cautious recovery in business travel? (feature)

Primary drivers for international assignments (data analysis)

Refresh needed for travel and mobility policies (feature)

Business travel trends: Working on holiday or on holiday at work (feature)

Expatriate package costs in Southeast Asia (infographic)

The three industries where staff are most looking to restart business travel (feature)

Delving into the future of talent mobility (infographic)

Agility and flexibility in need for post Covid business travel (wrap-up)


This Chief of Staff Asia research paper has been proudly supported by the following Chief of Staff Asia partners:


Santa Fe Relocation


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ECA International



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