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It's time to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the employment calendar; National Sickie Day. *Tosses confetti*

We figured it's time to do some healthy digging and find out what gems people were using to call in sick to work, and we also desired to know the dumbest excuses too. Natural curiosity gets the better of us…

Employment Law Experts (ELAS) are saying that the estimated number of employees calling in sick in 2017 on National Sickie Day was… wait for it…350,000 WORKERS. Wow.

Why is the first week of February just too unbearable for everyone to face their jobs? A combination of factors are predicted, such as the first weekend after Dry January and the first post-Christmas pay-day.

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ELAS have also predicted that National Sickie Day will cost the British economy around £45 million (€51.3 million), due to hours lost, wages and overtime. Good God, that's a LOT of wasted labour.

According to a survey by AXA PPP, using the flu excuse seemed to be satisfactory for four out of 10 bosses. However, eight percent of managers weren't convinced by a single one of the nine 'best excuses' listed below…

The number one excuse for ringing in sick (according to the boss) was the flu, with back pain coming in second, and injury caused by accident in third place.

Stress, elective surgery, depression, anxiety, common cold and migraine finished up the top nine, with 'none of the above' in 10th place, meaning there were some other crackers outside of the top 10 that we just NEED to hear.

According to ELAS, the absolute WORST excuses in 2016 for missing work were:

“My only pair of work trousers is in the wash”, “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him”, “The dog ate my shoes”, “I got arrested”, “I lost my PPE”, and of course; “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep”.

Classic. Other contenders were; “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift”, “I have no way to get to work” and “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids”

Ah lads, you've got to do better than that. A bit of creativity would go a long way with that lot…

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We could only imagine what Kendall Jenner's bank account must look like.

Particularly, as the 23-year-old was announced as the highest paid model in the world by Forbes.

The publication stated that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians' gal made a MASSIVE $22.5m in the 12 months to June.

Can you imagine all those zeros in her account? – It's wealth that we could only dream of.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amassing the fortune was allegedly down to contracts with brand names like Estee Lauder, Adidas and Calvin Klein.

And Kendall had some stiff competition for the top spot, she bet fellow supermodel Karlie Kloss.

According to Forbes, Karlie's earnings from June to June came in at $13m. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chrissy Teigen and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were a joint third, raking in $11.5m each. 

Cara Delevingne also made the top ten highest paid models. 

Cara made a cool $10m and was joint in fifth with Gisele Bundchen, who also pulled in the same amount. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sister duo Gigi and Bella Hadid also graced the list in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Gigi made a staggering $9.5m, whilst younger sister, Bella earned $8.5 m. 

Despite Kendall owning the top spot, her fortune is a drop in the ocean compared to Kylie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Get ready to weep, because what the 21-year-old made in the same period is just insane.

Kylie before tax, according to Forbes made an enormous $166.5m. 

The paycheck has been largely credited to Kylie's Cosmetics make up brand.

We just can't get our heads around just how much money she has made. 

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No one would blame you for thinking that it's the most beautiful people who are in line for the highest wages. 

After all, physical attractiveness tends to make people more confident and outgoing, thus making them the perfect candidates to seek high-paying employment. 

However, a new study has found that the exact opposite to be true. 

Satoshi Kanazawa from the LSE and Mary Still from the University of Boston interviewed 20,000 young Americans over a 13-year period. 

As well as answering questions based on their careers and earnings, participants were also asked to measure their perceived level of physical attractiveness.

Unsurprisingly, results showed that the more extroverted and conscientious people were, the higher their wages were, but the people who labelled themselves as 'very unattractive' earned more than those who described themselves as simply 'unattractive'. 

What's more, those 'very unattractive' people often earned more than average looking and attractive people. 

There's hope for us all yet! 

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Ah, budget day – generally, we wait with bated breath to hear if smokes or alcohol will be slapped with extra tax.

But changes are coming to how you buy these goods – yes, we are talking about your wages.

Here's everything you need to know, as the rate of unemployment hits its lowest level in 10 years. 

To kick us off, the minimum wage will be increased to €9.80 per hour.

And for those who are earning under €35,500, you won't pay the higher rate of income tax – happy days.

This has a knock-on effect for the top marginal rate on incomes up to €70,000. – If you're pulling in those digits, your rate will be reduced to 48.5 percent. – So you're buying drinks. 

Additionally, the Universal Social Charge (USC) rate of 4.75 percent will fall to 4.5 percent for those on incomes between €19,300 and €70,000.

There's more good news if you're working full time on minimum wage, you'll fall into the second band of USC rates, as it has been raised from €19,372 to €19,874. 

And finally, employer's PRSI will rise from €376 to €386. 

Now if you're a home carer, your tax credits will increase from €300 to €1,500.

If you're self-employed, there is also a change to your earned income tax credit, as it's going up from €200 to €1,500.

Oh, and by the way, bad news for smokers – a packet of 20 cigarettes will be slapped with an extra 50c.

To cheer you up, we've compiled our favourite reactions from Twitter to budget 2019. 

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A lot of things spring to mind when we think of interns. Coffee runs, crazy hours, low pay.

Well, not at Facebook.

The social media giant has turned that idea on its head and are paying their interns a mouth-watering monthly wage.

Glassdoor have complied a list of the best paid intern in the US at the moment the results are far from what we expected.

Warning: You’re going to want to quit your job and give Mark Zuckerberg a ring after reading this.

Tech giants, Apple, Google and Microsoft offer intern a generous pay packet, but it was Facebook that came out on top with a whopping $8,000 per month.

*Gulps*

Yep. Per month.

That works out at somewhere around €7,319 in case you're wondering.

Here’s the full list of the companies you’ll now be dying to work for:

Facebook – $8,000/ €7,319

Microsoft – $7,100/ €6,496

Salesforce – $6,450/ €5,901

Amazon – $6,400/ €5,855

Apple – $6,400/ €5,855

Bloomberg – $6,400/ €5,855

Yelp – $6,400/ €5,855

Yahoo – $6,080/ €5,562

VMware – $6,080/ €5,562

Google – $6,000/ €5,489

We’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

But let’s be real, it probably never will. 

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If you've spent any time at all wondering how much the Gogglebox gang earn for inviting a camera crew into their home every week, you're not alone.

Like countless other fans, we've spent hours estimating just how much you should be paid to sit on your own couch watching your own TV in the comfort of your own home.

But thankfully, we can all stop guessing now.

According to reports circulating today, the Gogglebox gang earn – wait for it – £1,500 per family per month, and this is in exchange for spending 12 hours (in six hour shifts) every two weeks on the sofa.

Oh, and then there's the free takeaways as well.

Easy money if you can get it.

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We all know that supermodels have outrageous wages, but Gisele Bündchen is definitely breaking the bank with what she earns daily.

According to Forbes, the model has earned a staggering $47 million (approx. €35million) over the past year, which works out at $128,000 (approx. €95,000) per day.

Apparently the last twelve months have been the best yet, in the Brazilian’s model twenty year career.

And it’s no wonder thanks to lucrative contracts with big fashion brands including H&M, Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton. 

And if that wasn’t enough the 33-year-old also manages her own sandal collection, and recently joined forces with lingerie brand Hope to create a collection.

Gisele may be rich, but she sure earns it!

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