Are you a public accountant in a LCOL or MCOL Midwestern city? Put down the beer, open your ears, and whip out your wallet for this one.
A source tells us California firms are setting their sights on comparatively lower cost of living Midwest cities to fill their vacancies. And they’re doing it not to save money on salaries but rather to entice public accountants away from lower-paying local firms by paying HCOL salaries, the sort of numbers Midwest firms would struggle to compete with. On top of that, they’re offering generous referral bonuses in the $5-10k range, meaning those who jump ship might take a friend with them. Thanks to remote work, the recently-poached don’t even have to move. Sorry bout it, firms of the frozen tundra.
Anyone in a LCOL market getting these kinds of offers from out of state firms? Anyone taking these offers? Give us a shout with the details.
Update: Going Concern spoke to a managing partner at one of the firms we heard was losing people to this kind of poaching and he confirmed that a little more than a dozen people had been poached by firms on the coast. So consider this item confirmed.