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The P-ee Standard

Given that we are all human, studies have shown that we all take on average 21 seconds in order to have a pee; a biologically derived estimate independent of gender that has proven scientific legitimacy.  Interestingly this average 21 seconds it is a characteristic we share with all other mammals on the planet. The 21seconds represents an objective, biologically validated – P-ee Standard.

The Value of the BBI?

The P-ee standard can be used to generate a ratio – the BBI- that permits comparison of salary and related benefits between individual jobs, roles, currencies and countries.  The BBI is an independent measure of the inequity of salaries and benefits that can be used to make objective comparisons and judgements concerning the relative merit of salary packages within a company, between companies and across nations.

Having the Measure of Inequity

The Bathroom Break Index (BBI) has been developed to provide an independent objective comparator of salaries across jobs, roles and responsibilities by using the common activity that applies to every working individual – the bathroom break!

It does not matter whether you work as a waiter, a retail assistant, teacher, secretary, salesman, accountant, company chief executive, politician or president, the single most common activity that we all share – between us all in our jobs every day – is the need to take a Bathroom Break.

We can therefore use this common human activity of a bathroom break as an objective measure against which to compare costs of each of us in our various jobs and roles. Whatever job we have, we all take bathroom breaks, but depending on how much each individual is paid will affect the cost of that break to the employer.

Why do we need the BBI?

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow all over the world. Such inequities in salaries are common within a single company, business sector or a country. The salary packages offered to senior management relative to the packages offered to basic operatives are often many orders of magnitude different. This is obvious enough within for example the Finance sector but particularly evident in Public Companies, where shareholders have started to argue against what are perceived as excessively generous packages and bonuses of senior executives.

For example: Almost 60% of shareholders voted against a £14m pay package for the CEO of the global energy giant, BP in a year in which it reported record losses, cut thousands of jobs and froze its employees’ pay.

The normal measure used to determine the scale of inequities in salaries between for instance a CEO and his/her staff is to just compare the difference in the size of the salary packages. However, this is difficult to use as a comparator across sectors or within sectors across countries because of the overall disparity in economic norms within sectors or countries. And while there may be ways of accounting for these differences using, for instance, a single reference currency it is not always easy for everyone to quickly assess and understand the significance of the information.

There is a need for a simple objective measure against which we can all determine the value of our contribution to our business and employer irrespective of the level of responsibility or role that we have, and to be able to objectively measure this against other businesses in the same or comparable sectors and/or countries.

There is a need for a general multiplier that is appropriate and acceptable for all by which salary packages may be compared and judged. The BBI seeks to provide a rationale, objective basis as such a comparator.

There is a need for the BBI to establish a simple easily understood standard by which inequity in salary packages globally may be judged

Using the proposed £14million Salary Package of the CEO of BP as an example for use of the BBI …

The P-ee Standard price for the CEO every time during a day at work that he takes a bathroom break is a massive £48.04.  Every time the CEO stands in front of a urinal for a pee this amounts to a cost to BP of nearly £50.  There are many people in the world for whom making £50 a day is a really good salary. This compares to the miserly P-ee Standard for an average UK employee of 11 pence for every bathroom break.  Hence, the BBI for salary package for the CEO of BP is massive 438; a total of 438 times difference.

Dent Associates Ltd

The BB-Index and the P-ee Standard are measures devised and made available by Dent Associates Ltd. Dent Associates offer consultancy services across a range of business sectors, analysing markets for innovation, technology, policy and business advice and support for companies, research organisations and governments.

Data Sources

The base line data for the national average annual hours worked and the average annual salary is derived from the OECD database stats.oecd.org. The OECD database is used rather than individual national government statistics to ensure standardisation and comparability of results across nations.

The P-ee Standard is based on the research Yang et al. (2014) (journal reference: arXiv.org > physics > arXiv:1310.3737) on the “Law of Urination” that demonstrates that all mammals empty their bladders over the same duration – an average of 21 seconds.