"I've found just the opposite to be the case 99% of the time". I know I didn't site any statistics or studies but your assertion is ludicrous. What you are saying is that 99% of recruited employees left higher paying jobs. It is you that has the confused belief system. To your other point I don't care what motivates "company HR people" my hypothesis is based on economic theory. Also, I live in Toronto where many people profess to be fairies and I have no reason not to believe them.