Sectors

Results for specific business operations form the basis for comparing major sectors.

Digital services

Digital services results: % cost advantage relative to the US: Mexico 34.4%, Canada 26.0%, Netherlands 17.7%, Italy 16.5%, Australia 15.9%, United Kingdom 14.4%, France 12.2%, Japan 11.2%, Germany 11.0%, United States baseline 0.0%
% cost advantage relative to the US

Key influences:
Salary levels and benefit costs for creative and technical IT professionals, plus incentives for digital media

R&D services results: % cost advantage relative to the US: Mexico 44.7%, Canada 27.7%, Netherlands 26.0%, France 22.4%, Australia 22.1%, Italy 21.0%, Germany 16.0%, Japan 12.8%, United Kingdom 11.9%, United States baseline 0.0%
% cost advantage relative to the US

Key influences:
Tax and incentive treatment of R&D expenditures

Corporate services

Corporate services results: % cost advantage relative to the US: Mexico 52.8%, Canada 26.1%, Netherlands 22.2%, Italy 20.9%, Australia 20.4%, United Kingdom 16.7%, Germany 16.1%, France 15.9%, Japan 15.7%, United States baseline 0.0%
% cost advantage relative to the US

Key influences:
Labor costs for entry level admin and customer service staff, as well as salary levels for finance professionals

Manufacturing

Business operations:
12 industry-specific operations
(as listed on the Industries page)

Manufacturing results: % cost advantage relative to the US: Mexico 13.9%, Canada 9.7%, Netherlands 8.4%, Italy 7.1%, United Kingdom 7.0%, Australia 7.0%, France 6.5%, Germany 5.0%, Japan 5.0%, United States baseline 0.0%
% cost advantage relative to the US

Key influences:
Costs for globally sourced parts, materials and machinery are similar by location, resulting in moderate cost differences among countries
 

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