This claim is based on conversations with 4 consultants at these firms in North American and Europe. 

I've heard two explanations for this:  

  1. These firms under-hired earlier in the pandemic.
  2. High churn. A large part of the compensation for these roles are the travel perks, and most consultants are still not traveling for work. I heard that one European office lost 40% of its staff this year.

80,000 Hours recommends investigating other paths before entering consulting, but if it makes sense in your situation now could be a good time to apply. 

There was recently a sequence written on management consulting if you're interested in learning more. 

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Agree. You can also look at the effective altruism and consulting network homepage for more advice and reach out for career advice. Eac-network.com here are also more considerations whether you should enter consulting: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/AY9bWEtSgguRC9gTL/considerations-and-advice-on-entering-management-consulting