Tech Firm Offers Employees $10K to Move Away From SF

New hires can get 'de-location' package
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2017 4:40 AM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2017 10:49 AM CDT
Tech Firm Offers Employees $10K to Move Away From SF
A blanket of fog is seen over the city skyline in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Tech company Zapier says San Francisco is a fantastic city—and it would like to encourage its employees to move far away from it. In a blog post, CEO Wade Foster offers a $10,000 "de-location" package to new recruits who are struggling with the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has some of the country's highest rents, but are worried about moving away because they don't want to give up tech career opportunities, ABC7 reports. All of the workplace automation company's employees work remotely, and the firm thinks "you should be able to work wherever you want and still work at a place that helps you achieve your career goals," Foster writes in the blog post.

"I know there are quite a few people in the Bay Area who are new parents looking to find a better standard of living," Foster tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's difficult for a family of four to afford rent, a mortgage, or child care here in the Bay Area. Even if you are a two-income family this can still be difficult." The $10,000 will be used to reimburse moving expenses in the first three months, according to the fine print, and those who take Zapier up on the offer have to agree to work for the company for at least a year. Foster, who moved to the Bay Area from Missouri five years ago, says he still loves the area but is considering moving away with his wife "because there are benefits of being in a lower cost of living area and being closer to family." (Speaking of expensive things...)

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