22% of Canadian employers would adjust pay of remote staff who move: survey

More than one-fifth (22 per cent) of Canadian companies say they’ll adjust the pay of remote workers who move to a different location, according to a recent survey.

Staffing firm Robert Half Canada Inc. surveyed 500 employees and 180 human resources managers. The survey found 44 per cent of staff said they’d consider relocating, but only 16 per cent would be willing to move if it involved taking a pay cut. Meanwhile, almost 70 per cent of companies surveyed said they’ll base salaries on the company’s office location for the time being, while nine per cent say they haven’t decided on their approach.

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The survey results come months after many Canadian companies required staff to work from home in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus in pandemic hotspots. Indeed, as the pandemic continues to rage, companies, such as LinkedIn Corp. and its parent company, Microsoft Corp., have introduced new flexible working policies in preparation for the future of work post-pandemic. However, some companies, including Facebook Inc., have warned staff that if they move away from their office locations and continue working remotely, their pay could be decreased or hiked to match the market conditions in their new location.

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