Cost of Living & Quality of Living Reports, Indonesia, Domestic

Mercer Indonesia conducted a survey focusing on disparities in the Cost of Living and Quality of Living across major cities in Indonesia to help organizations in understanding these variations and their influence on employee well-being.

By providing reliable information on Cost and Quality of Living differences, these reports help organizations in making fact-based compensation decisions and establishing location-relevant allowance structures for domestic transfers.

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Intercity Indices:
  • Mean-to-mean index – comparing average prices of base city and destination city.
  • Efficient index – comparing the lowest average price of base city and average price in destination city.
  • Convenience index – comparing the lowest average price in base city to the highest price in destination city, except for certain categories where it is compared against average price of base city.
  • Housing rental cost
    • Per area
    • Per number of rooms
    • Furnished and unfurnished
  • Education cost
  • Business travel expense
  • Medical expense
  • Actual price
    • Food
    • Utensils
    • Clothing
    • Entertainment and sports
    • Home appliances
    • Transport

The Quality of Living Index Encompasses different factors within the following categories:

  • Political and social environment
  • Economic environment
  • Socio/cultural environment
  • Medical and health considerations
  • Schools and education
  • Public services and transportation
  • Recreation
  • Consumer goods
  • Housing
  • Natural environment

The report is in Bahasa Indonesia. List of available cities are as follows:


  1. Bandung
  2. Bekasi
  3. Bogor
  4. Cilegon
  5. Cirebon
  6. Jakarta
  7. Malang
  8. Semarang
  9. Surabaya
  10. Tangerang
  11. Yogyakarta


  1. Banda Aceh
  2. Bandar Lampung
  3. Batam
  4. Jambi
  5. Medan
  6. Padang
  7. Palembang
  8. Pekanbaru


  1. Balikpapan*
  2. Banjarmasin
  3. Palangkaraya
  4. Pontianak
  5. Samarinda


  1. Kendari
  2. Makassar
  3. Mamuju*
  4. Manado


  1. Ambon
  2. Denpasar
  3. Kupang
  4. Mataram
  5. Timika

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