Sid earns £100 each week. For a summer holiday bonus his boss gives him a choice between three schemes. Which would you choose?
1. A 20% pay rise today followed by a 20% pay cut in one week's time;
2. An £18 'one time' bonus;
3. A £2 gift each day for the next nine days.
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic  Money  Percentages
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First thoughts are probably that scheme 1 is the best because he will get an extra £20 next week (the other two schemes will only give him £18).
The real decider however is the 20% pay cut at the end of the week. 20% of £120 is £24 so he will end up earning only £96 each week!
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