I have been working for the same employer for just over five years in a senior-level position. I was hired on at their headquarters in City A, where I was living at the time, and worked as a traditional office employee for the first three years of my employment there. After that time, I started working remotely full-time.
Just recently, I moved to Canada to start a family. As this move was a personal decision and not a work-related decision, I did not ask for any relocation expenses (although I did discuss the move with my employer well in advance). My employer does have a business unit in Canada and, for legal and financial reasons, have decided to "move" my position to be sourced out of their Canada office. My job responsibilities, my title, and who I report to remains the same: I still do the same job for the office in City A. Further, the office in City A is still responsible for paying my salary. Except...
My employer now wants to adjust my salary based on my new physical location. Instead of drawing a salary based on the market in City A (where I originally was hired and performed the work), my employer wants to pay me based on the market, and also the currency, where I now reside in Canada. It is important to note that this is not to cover any additional costs incurred by my employer as a result of my move, this is simply what they're calling a market and currency adjustment. The net effect of this is a nearly 25% reduction in my base pay.
I have been upfront with my employer, informing them of my intentions for about 1.5 years in advance of this move. My employer offered their full support. Only now that the move has been completed is my employer approaching me with the stipulations detailed above.
I am having a difficult time accepting this. I made the decision to move and remain with my present employer based heavily on my drawing a US salary, and now my employer is trying to realize cost savings at my expense.
I did not confirm that my salary would stay the same nor did my employer give any indication that there would be an adjustment in the conversations we had leading up to this move. My previous market, City A, was not a premium market, but a second-tier city. I don't think the COLA between City A and the Canada office is that much different, so I didn't expect this to be a problem.
Does any other remote workers have any experience with an employer using a personal move to adjust your salary? Would you expect a salary adjustment if you did move?