By Denis Sheehan
I am delighted to offer you the job, and in recognition of the value I place on you I can confirm you will be paid the absolute minimum I am legally obliged to.
In recent days we have been receiving quite substantial volumes of PR telling us about the ‘good news’ around employers increasing the wages of people they employ to national minimums stipulated by government.
This immediately begs the question, what were you paying these people previously, and how did you avoid being placed on the government’s named and shamed list of businesses that pay below the minimums?
The increases cited generally talk in terms of % increases and vary from circa 5% to 30% + to bring them in line with legal requirements.
Oscar Wilde penned his famous definition of a cynic as someone who “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing” – seems like he was writing it for the generous souls now upping their game to provide the bare minimum, and seeking applause for doing so.