Staff exchange salary for cheap PCs

per cent of employees at life assurance and financial services company
Countrywide Assured Group, have swapped part of their salary for cheap home
computers in a new staff benefits scheme.

programme takes advantage of tax breaks which aim to get more people online.

the scheme, run by PeoplePC, employees sacrifice a small percentage of their
salary over 41 months. This allows Countrywide to recover its costs, while the
employees get PCs at a 70 per cent discount.

Nower, finance director at Countrywide, said: "In addition to the obvious
financial attractions of the package, we feel that our employees and their
families will also benefit, improving their familiarity with PCs in this
increasingly computer-literate world."

By Quentin Reade

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