Google’s 2,300 staff in the UK earned an average wage of £160,000 each last year, despite the group’s insistence that its British operation is a modest outpost of the company’s global empire.
Margaret Hodge, the former chair of the public accounts committee, said high pay among London staff was further evidence that Google’s “complex structure of companies is a sham”. Its UK employees mainly provide marketing and support services to offices in Dublin.
“This unmasks the reality of their business,” Hodge said. “[Google UK] is not a back office support operation. These are clearly people who are paid a lot because they add value – selling advertising, closing deals and developing new products.”
You know what adds value in a tech company, do you? Who does so?
And then we get to the point that really is being missed here, they’ll all be paying marginal income and NI rates of 50% and more on those incomes. You know, lots of tax you stupid fucking cow?