Supply chain · 1 June 2018

Move to these top 10 cities to earn more but work less

Luxembourg City hits the top spot for combined salary, holiday and working hours.

Is your life more work than play? Fancy a change of scenery? Here are the top 10 cities where you can earn more but work less.

A new report from Expert Market has cross-referenced data on average monthly salary, annual working hours and paid holiday across 69 cities around the world.

Luxembourg City trumps the top spot after taking home the highest income at an average monthly sum of £3,144.

Alongside this workers spend an average of 33 hours in the office a week and are gifted six weeks of holiday pay.

The nine other work-friendly cities were also European, with London scraping in at 10th place.

Expert Market combined individual ranking of cities considering salary, working hours, and holiday offered to analyse which city offered the best rewards for the least amount of work.

Monkey Expert said that European cities came up top for those aiming “to work smarter, not harder.”

If you fancy working fewer hours a day then look no further than the home of the Louvre, with the average employee in Paris working a 30 hour week.

However, workers in the French capital do earn less making £1,893 a month after taxes.

In the US, Chicago was ranked the worst city with only 14 days of holiday being given to workers, although they did earn an average £2,654 each month.

New York did, however, make the top 20 list of cities, with a 25 hour working week with £3,153 a month.

Other cities which made the top 20 but weren’t quite up to the top 10 names included Milan, Barcelona, Berlin and Moscow.

Rank
City
Net monthly salary
Working hours per year
Paid vacation days per year
1 Luxembourg City £3,144 1,703 32
2 Munich £2,330 1,721 29
3 Paris £1,893 1,604 29
4 Helsinki £1,920 1,659 29
5 Lyon £1,662 1,631 29
6 Copenhagen £2,167 1,697 29
7 Rome £1,312 1,736 32
8 Dublin £1,907 1,770 31
9 Oslo £2,311 1,744 25
10 London £2,034 1,740 25

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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