is it weird to ask for a moving reimbursement for purchase of furniture and bed?
Not really. I am very surprised that a Big four firm doesn't have defined expat policies which include what they will and pay for regarding relocation costs.
By the way, you sound very like dizzy!
yes, it is very odd. Unless your mother has strong local connections and is fluent in Cantonese, there is no reason whatsoever that she should be helping you at that level...and even if she had those local connections, a phone call should suffice to help "set you up".
my advice: stay in the US with your mommy.
I'm not sure about accounting firms, but I know in i-banking that there is a huge shortage for talent in HK. With Asia heating up, the fight to secure talent here will see expat packages on the increase again (mostly for experienced seniors). Surprisingly you are actually not the first I've heard request for non-married airfare. Mothers are rarely approved though, often its girlfriend/boyfriend/defacto etc...
I've never been shy to make outlandish requests for my contract roles. If you are a specialist or in demand, you get to play the Diva. While a "senior associate" isn't that high on ranks, I've seen top grads command quite a package too. It actually never hurts to ask. As an accountant I'm sure you can think of ways to creatively incorporate your mothers airfare and "save cost" for your employer. (Please dont Repo your mom though) ie. As suggested by Geoff - you could possibly negotiate business class ticket for yourself, and if agreed request for 2 economy seats instead.
What I would suggest is to try to negotiate for lump sums or things which can be converted to cash. Perhaps request return tickets back home for holidays and if not used these are to be converted to cash for example. That way you can recoup for mom's airfare out of that. Your cost of furniture etc should also come out of the lump sum.
Its a negotiation game - typically its just a bottom line figure that just needs to be justified. What you get away with is down to your role, and if your manager is really in a position to approve. There is never really a "usual" package - guys that dont negotiate just dont get the perks. Contact some of your expat colleagues out here or even your manager and ask them to see what you can get away with.
As cost of accommodation is quite high in HK that would really be the best area IMHO to focus negotiations on. Try to get the longest period you can in a serviced apartment.
Best of luck in HK!
cool, great feedbacks! thanks everyone!
Oh I hate it when you guys get all judgmental with people and decide to dwell on one aspect of an inquiry instead of answering the OP's question. And it's always the same lot of you.
Shut up and HELP him! You'd have no issues if he was bringing a girlfriend with him to 'help him get settled'. Or even just a friend. Or even a wife.
Lucky lucky him he doesn't have to go through the whole resettling in a foreign country thing by himself. Especially given the lack of support his company is giving, which, many of you will have to admit is an anomaly here. Most companies do this expenditure FOR an employee.
And maybe, just maybe, good ol' Mom just wanted to come along and see a new part of the world! In particular, a part of the world where someone she cares about will be now living.
ugh. Glass houses people. Glass houses.
Anyway HKLOVER123, the snarling people above DO have a point, do not disclose the purpose of your mother coming. And no, you likely won't get her part of the trip covered. That indeed, as you can tell from above, is not the norm here.
May I also suggest you do a search for previous threads on this very same topic. Its been discussed before. You're not the first or alone in the whole 'doing the research for your employer' thing.
You're also welcome to repost or to Private Message me. I'm happy to help without judgment. Just because people CAN and HAVE moved out here all by themselves, doesn't make it a contest of might. Lucky you to have support and interest from the family you're leaving behind.