Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Who gets the Minimum Wage?

Andy Atkins is an elderly accountant operating from offices above a shop in a small town. One day he received a letter from HMRC, stating that they suspected he was not paying his employees the National Minimum Wage and they would send an inspector to interview them. On the appointed day, the inspector turned up.

"Tell me about your staff," he asked Andy.

"Well," said Andy, "there's my accounting trainee, I pay him £240 a week, and cover the costs of his training. Then there's my PA. She gets £190 a week, along with free board and lodging in the flat above the office. There's also the half-wit. He works a 16 hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about £25 a week, along with a bottle of whisky, and as a special treat occasionally gets to sleep with my wife."

"That's disgraceful" said the inspector, “I need to interview the half-wit."

"That'll be me then," said Andy.
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