For the fourth year running, Auckland has been named the third best place to live in the world out of 221 international cities in terms of quality of life.
According to Mercer's 2012 quality of life survey, designed to help multinational corporations and other organisations compensate employees fairly on international assignments, the nation's capital is also an attractive place to live and work, ranking 13th just behind Sydney which came 10th.
Vienna and Zurich took first and second place respectively with Baghdad ranking dead last.
Martin Lewington, head of Mercer NZ, said the rankings cast New Zealand in a favourable light for global companies contemplating overseas projects.
“The survey provides global employers with the knowledge to select and promote specific locations to potential expats."
"New Zealand continues to present itself as an attractive destination for skilled workers due to our world class schooling, public services and high living standards,” said Lewington.
"The consistently high quality of living ranking of our cities ensures New Zealand continues to offer multi-national organisations an appealing destination to set up a regional hub into new Asian markets. While our market continues to face skills shortages in some industries, local employers should promote the benefits of living in the region when undertaking international recruitment, to help attract much-needed talent.''
Mercer’survey is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria for each city, grouped in ten categories, including political and socio-economic environment, medical and health considerations, education, transport and housing.
Considerations such as housing and accessibility are all monitored and scored in relation to their potential as international destinations for employees of global organisations.
Based on infrastructure alone, Auckland's ranking dropped to 43rd place with Wellington not far behind at 48 and Singapore finishing first. The strength of a city's infrastructure ranking is based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.
Lewington believes New Zealand is in a strong regional position for global companies looking at overseas projects, and for skilled workers seeking new employment opportunities overseas.
Mercer Quality of Living Survey – Worldwide Rankings, 2012