World's Best Cities for Remote Workers

All cities are not created equal when it comes to remote working.
November 05, 2021 | 14:40

According to the findings of a new international study conducted by HR platform WorkMotion, the top 80 cities in the world for remote employees were ranked based on a variety of parameters.

The rankings can help business leaders retain and recruit employees or independent contractors who prefer — or insist on — working from home in these and other areas throughout the world.

The research project looked at which cities made remote work simpler based on a variety of characteristics. They include living costs, infrastructure, and current location trends, as well as the ease with which local employment laws and regulations can be obeyed. as well as considerations such as livability and affordability that make an area interesting for relocation.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Top 10 Cities Best Facilitating Remote Work - A Global Index from WorkMotion.

The study uses data to reveal which global cities are most accessible and attractive for remote workers by assessing factors related to employment compliance, living costs, infrastructure and liveability, in addition to showing current location trends.

Melbourne is the index's highest-ranking city, with excellent marks for employment compliance, citizen satisfaction, and its digital nomad visa. Second and third place go to Montreal and Sydney, respectively.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Melbourn, Australia. Photo: Getty Image
World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Montreal, Canada. Photo: Getty Image
World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Sydney, Australia. Photo: TravelLeisure

Pittsburgh (#34) - At first look, Pittsburgh appears to be a blue-collar town, but dig a little deeper and you'll discover cutting-edge art, amazing cuisine, and plenty of outdoor adventures.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Photo: Getty Image

Chicago (#35), Atlanta (#50), Los Angeles (#67), San Francisco (#70), and New York (#75) are among the top 20 cities in the world.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Irish Times

Dublin, ahead of Helsinki and Copenhagen, is ranked first for simplicity of employment compliance, which means its policies are the most straightforward.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Photo: Getty Image

Copenhagen has the happiest residents, followed by Bern and Wellington.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Photo: BBC

Istanbul, ahead of Lisbon and Hong Kong, offers the most beneficial tax rates for remote employees.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
HongKong. Photo: Getty Image
World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Getty Image

WorkMotion assists businesses in overcoming international compliance barriers in order to hire workers from all around the world. With office work no longer being the default option, an increasing number of people are able to work remotely from home or pursue chances with overseas companies. Companies, on the other hand, can now employ the best talent in the world regardless of where they live. They decided to perform a study to determine which locations are most accessible and enticing for remote employees, based on our extensive understanding of compliance rules.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Wellington, New Zealand (#4) Photo: Getty Image

WorkMotion also studied each city’s civic infrastructure. This involved assessing levels of gender equality, minority equality, LGBT+ equality and political stability in each city. In addition, the quality of the public education system and the access citizens have to healthcare were studied as factors that contribute to how appealing a city is.

Finally, they looked at liveability by examining individuals' levels of contentment in each city, as well as the cultural attractions and transportation alternatives available.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Prague, Czech Republic (#5) Photo: Getty Image

The 80 cities were ranked based on their performance on 17 separate criteria, including health-care availability, housing costs, cultural attractions, and transportation. The research was completed in September and October of last year and contains data for the years 2020 and 2021.

World's Best Cities for Remote Workers
Toronto, Canada (#6). Photo: Wikivoyage

Covid has accelerated the trend of remote working

"Although we had long anticipated the move to remote working and set up WorkMotion with this in mind," Carsten Lebtig, co-founder and managing director of WorkMotion, stated, "the pandemic has hastened the trend far faster than we could have imagined."

“Now that the initial shock of the pandemic has subsided, we wanted to capture a snapshot of the current remote working landscape as the first step in tracking how it changes over the coming years,” Carsten Lebtig said.

“Many remote workers are drawn to cities by the promise of a different lifestyle or climate. We hope this study can provide inspiration to anyone looking for a change of scenery and open up their minds to unexpected destinations,” Lebtig concluded.

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