Will salary rises minimize the desire for going in-house?

I had an interesting conversation with a candidate who works at one of the firms that raised salaries. This candidate was seriously contemplating an in-house opportunity which, despite a small decrease in salary, seemed to have everything she wanted. Until salaries raised. The recent raise in salaries completely changed her perspective, and what seemed like a small decrease in salary was now much more significant. In turn, she feels that she can no longer “leave so much money on the table.” She has decided against going in-house for the next few years because the pay disparity is too significant, even if this means working more hours.

This was the first time I saw, first-hand, how the recent increase in salaries is keeping people at firms. I imagine we are going to be seeing much more of this. Any thoughts?

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