I am a software eng. consultant who moved to a certain city about a year ago for a client- site project. That project has been over for a few months now and have started a new project with a different team within the same company immediately after the first project mentioned ended. I now work 100% remote and my team lives in a city with a 35% jump in cost of living. I have grown quite fond of my team over the past few months and believe that I have proven myself given the feedback from my colleagues.
I asked leadership the other day if it would be a possibility to move to the area with my new team. The following was his response (paraphrased):
Please provide a business justification that is professionally laid out with benefits. I will need to share with other leadership to get approval. What are your salary expectations? Because not a mandatory move, we cannot provide relocation assistance and a salary increase will be difficult. If you want to move on your own that is ok and we have self-service relocation assistance.
My question is, what shall I discuss regarding the business justification besides increased team cohesion and being able to be face-to-face with the client. Also, what tips do you have to make it relevant to a 35% COLA?
It is also important to note that I don't dislike where I am but am very far from any family and really haven't developed a personal life because I have worked a lot to develop a good name for myself within the company and have focused on that. I have been to the area where I want to relocate many times and truly enjoy it. Also, a good majority of my family is 2 hrs from where I propose to relocate and also know many people in the area.