Saturday, September 17, 2011

Moving to Birmingham

Today we look at moving to Birmingham in United Kingdom from Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations. In  both Birmingham and Port-of-Spain people speak English.

Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands county of England. Port of Spain is the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Birmingham grew to prominence as a manufacturing and engineering centre, however its economy today is dominated by the service sector, which in 2003 accounted for 78% of the city's economic output and 97% of its economic growth. Tourism is also an increasingly important part of the local economy. With major facilities such as the International Convention Centre and National Exhibition Centre the Birmingham area accounts for 42% of the UK conference and exhibition trade. Port of Spain is Trinidad and Tobago's most developed city. The city serves primarily as a retail and administrative center.
The overall cost of living rank in Birmingham is 52 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Port-of-Spain to Birmingham will experience a change in cost of living of 4.2%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Birmingham is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Port-of-Spain with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Birmingham UK as at July 2011.