"and the odd Australian practice of topping up pay packets by a little when staff take their holidays" - Even senior people can get it as part of an "award". My first full-time Oz job Was as a "General Manager". I had bought a new car when I arrived a few months before, to be told that the award gave me an air-conditioned automatic transmission car, and that I was not allowed to take cash instead. After a year I took leave, and while I was away my salary was paid into my account - It seemed to have an overpayment of 17.5%, but when I queried it, I was told that I had "forgotten" my "leave allowance". A workers paradise indeed.