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Dumb question from a new consultant - when traveling do most firms give consultant a per diem that they get to keep if they don’t spend or do you mostly just charge and get reimbursed for actual expenses?

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Good question, not dumb at all. The answer varies by firm though. Ask your manager or recruiter.

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Depends on the firm- for big 4 I’m almost 100% certain have a set allowance that is expensed and reimbursed, while Accenture last I checked still receives an actual per diem.

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Depends on both the firm and the client. Some SOW specify actual expenses versus per diem.

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It depends on the firm and the specific project. When I worked at KPMG we had several engagements that were per diem based. But a majority were actual expenses. It was nice having the per diem though. Could pocket $80 a day if you played your cards right

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Deloitte is reimbursement of actual expenses (must be charged on your firm provided Amex).

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As others mentioned, depends on firm and client. I do miss those per diem projects where I would eat cheap and have cash for non-expensable fun

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Vast majority of our projects are billed actuals, but again depends on client. Maybe some govt work is per diem but I don’t work on that side so can’t speak to that.

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At ACN (when I was there) and currently at Big Blue, it has been per diems. However, if there is a team dinner, you are expected to not be reimbursed for that dinner. The expense tool allows you to “uncheck” the meal and it auto-recalculate a reimbursement for just lunch & breakfast. Another example: The last traveling project I was on, breakfast was included in the hotel room rate. I was instructed to remove “breakfast” from the per diem reimbursement.

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I’ve always had per diem

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