Work-life stability most popular over huge salaries, CPAs say

A group sits in a circle to hold a discussionHelp and useful resource teams are an prolonged profit that staff are in search of (Getty Photos/SDI Productions)

As many industries have adopted hybrid work fashions, they’ve additionally tailored recruitment efforts and incentive choices, as worker expectations and calls for evolve.

The accounting trade is not any completely different, with corporations shifting their insurance policies, practices and techniques to emphasise their dedication to worker well-being and office flexibility to retain expertise.

We spoke to a couple specialists to learn how this influences CPA compensation packages. Listed below are three pre-to-post pandemic themes they’ve observed.


Psychological well being and adaptability within the office are entrance and centre in boardroom discussions. Based on PwC’s Canadian workplace employee survey 2021, 46 per cent of Canadian worker respondents declare psychological well being points have been certainly one of their greatest work challenges because the begin of the pandemic, whereas 15 per cent of respondents say they would favor to work totally remotely.

“The primary query I get requested now by candidates is whether or not the position is distant, hybrid or within the workplace. Not what the job pays,” says Jennifer Mazzarolo, CPA, president of GTA-based agency, Maverick Consulting Group, which focuses on recruitment, transition and training providers for CPAs. “Base wage remains to be vital, however individuals are prepared to present somewhat in that regard to get the flexibleness we’ve all loved through the pandemic.”

Accounting corporations are responding by revamping worker insurance policies and packages that concentrate on psychological well being help packages, versatile work preparations and variety, fairness and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

“Life at KPMG”, for instance, affords staff 50 hours of private care time, a $2,000 annual psychological well being help protection, prolonged parental depart and leaves of absence alternatives. A distant work and journey program permits staff to work in eligible locations for eight weeks yearly, whereas Summer season Splash makes each weekend in July and August an extended one.”

Deloitte’s Office of the Future contains: “Gown For Your Day” permitting staff to decide on their apparel; modern workplaces with distinctive workspaces, resembling non-public workplaces, cafés, treadmill-walk-and-work stations; as much as $4,000 for annual psychological well being help protection; and a variety of useful resource teams together with Satisfaction Neighborhood, Indigenous and Allies, Canadian Black Professionals Community and AccessAbility.

In the meantime, at EY, customized profession improvement, flexibility and mobility, and well being and wellness, together with as much as $5,000 in psychological well being protection help, are priorities.

“It’s an energetic candidate-driven market,” says Mazzarolo. “As an alternative of The Nice Resignation, I believe it’s ‘The Nice Awakening.’ Candidates are taking a look at what’s in it for me, realizing they’re the architects of their very own careers.”


Regardless of their longtime presence within the conventional CPA compensation package deal, bonuses are being deserted in some corporations, notes Adele Harraway, managing companion, Canadian Accounting Consultants, which focuses on CPA recruitment. As an alternative, corporations are upping the beginning wage to entice candidates. That is consistent with the outcomes of a CPA Canada ballot, the place members ranked wage as the highest profit that will have an effect on their choice to simply accept a brand new job.

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“Wage will increase haven’t saved up with inflation with many firms capping will increase at 5 per cent, usually leading to folks having to depart to get a rise,” says Harraway. “Because of this, firms are getting extra artistic of their recruitment efforts by upping the bottom salaries to above the market common.”

Moreover, provides Mazzarolo, CPAs are in search of greater than the fundamentals, that means it’s past cash guiding their employment choices.

Recalling her early profession as an accountant again within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, she says: “ I’d have centered on base, bonus, pension, advantages and trip. At present’s CPAs are in search of all these issues and extra and in various levels of significance.”

“The opposite part is an fairness stake. Whether or not that’s within the type of restricted inventory models (RSUs) or share choices, CPAs are in search of complete rewards that can permit their funding within the firm’s success, by their very own onerous work, to repay.”


Profit packages supplied to CPAs embrace complete well being and wellness protection, employer-matching group pensions or stock-option plans, and customary trip time and private day without work (PTO).

“Earlier than the pandemic, you noticed some firms providing two-week trip to begin, however now it appears three weeks is the norm,” says CPA Marc Belaiche, president of “PTO is anyplace from one to 5 days with some firms being extra beneficiant than others.”

Different perks sought by CPAs embrace protection of their annual skilled designation charges and reimbursement for prices incurred to earn their persevering with skilled improvement (CPD) hours. Some issues are thought to be extra vital than, for instance, the corporate well being plan, says Harraway, who provides: “CPAs are in search of the power to make choices as grownup professionals. As an alternative of getting an organization really feel they’ve management over them, it’s a tradition of respect, collaboration, engagement, teaching, in addition to profession improvement and alternatives, that may preserve somebody.”

Skilled improvement alternatives and profession development plans—which might embrace mentorship, job shadowing and secondments—are additionally valued and prioritized, significantly for brand new CPAs eager to strategize a profession path.

At PwC, along with distant work and versatile schedule choices, resembling diminished hours, time away and compressed work weeks, there’s a push for skilled improvement by enhanced recruitment, expertise improvement, teaching and mentorship.

“Discussing targets and aims ought to be executed greater than yearly,” says Mazzarolo. “Ongoing communication and dialogue ought to occur with managers. No one ought to have to depart a corporation to develop professionally.”


Questioning a few increase however not sure the right way to broach the subject with administration? Listed below are suggestions on the right way to negotiate a wage enhance with out ruffling feathers. Should you’re contemplating leaving your position, right here’s how to take action gracefully. Do you’re feeling such as you simply don’t slot in at work? It will not be you, however your profession. Take notes right here.