I’m not sure where to turn for this but I was recently approached by a recruiter for a remote position for an American studio.
As the discussion unfolded, she told me about the average salary for that position which was in USD. Eventually, she asked me if I was from the Montreal, Canada area to which I replied that I was and then she admitted that she is not supposed to search for talent in that area.
She then said that if I were to be taken, I would instead be managed by their Canadian branch and that the salary and benefits would be different. She inquired about the salary with the Canadian branch and it’s pretty much half of what the American studio pays (considering the currency conversion).
Now I’m left a bit confused because I’m wondering why such a policy would exist and why she would specifically mention the Montreal area. Maybe she meant Canada as a whole? What if I lived in a different country like Mexico? I know that there would be a conflict of interest if the American and Canadian branches had to compete against each other for the same talent while having 2 completely different salary charts, but I’m wondering if there’s more to it.
I’m not necessarily looking to change studios, but for a Canadian, the idea of being paid an American salary is very appealing. Are American studios that have no Canadian branches more open to offer remote work to Canadians?
As for the company itself, and probably all companies who are both based in the US and Canada, are all Canadian applicants not allowed to work for the American branch at all or is it just a big no-no for recruiters to step in Canada while direct applications are tolerated?
Now I don’t want to stir trouble and will keep the company name secret, but I am just genuinely curious about these type of policies and I wonder if people here have inputs/advice/stories to tell regarding this.
If a company is ready to hire remotely, is it fair for them to lower the salary based on the location of the person? Is Montreal specifically being discriminated against? Is my work somehow less valuable because I’m Canadian (obviously not)? Is the situation a simple matter of complicated paperwork that nobody wants to do?