LifeinAsia - 8:59 pm on Dec 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Funny part is, they pay him more as a contractor than an employee.
That's standard. For an employee, (in the U.S.) the employer has to pay for 1/2 the FICA/medicare plus holiday/vacation time, unemployment insurance, workman's comp, plus any other benefits they offer to regular employees (health insurance, 401K, etc.). Those are significant costs that can easily be 25% or more of the employee's base salary.