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corporations [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2005, 20:06
Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

Yorco and Zortech are two corporations that employ large numbers of full-time workers who are paid by the hour. Publicly available records indicate that Yorco employs roughly the same number of such hourly wage workers as Zortech does but spends a far higher total sum per year on wages for such workers. Therefore, hourly wages must be higher, on average, at Yorco than at Zortech, since _____.


Zortech spends a higher total sum per year than Yorco does to provide its hourly wage workers with benefits other than wages
the work performed by hourly wage workers at Zortech does not require a significantly higher level of skill than the work performed by hourly wage workers at Yorco does
the proportion of all company employees who are hourly wage workers is significantly greater at Yorco than it is at Zortech
overtime work, which is paid at a substantially higher rate than work done during the regular work week, is rare at both Yorco and Zortech
the highest hourly wages paid at Yorco are higher than the highest hourly wages paid at Zortech
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2005, 20:28
I will go for D. Though I am also inclined towards B also but I think D provides an ASSUMPTIOM that if not specified can be called for DEBATE.

D for me.

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2005, 20:37
E? not too sure..
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2005, 21:16
I am with B..........
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Re: corporations [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2005, 22:24
[quote="pb_india"]Which of the following most logically completes the argument?


(A)Zortech spends a higher total sum per year than Yorco does to provide its hourly wage workers with benefits other than wages
non-wage benefits has nothing to do with wages
Wrong

(B)the work performed by hourly wage workers at Zortech does not require a significantly higher level of skill than the work performed by hourly wage workers at Yorco does
Doesn't follow the comparison laid out in the question. It is perfectly possible that Z has easier jobs but still higher wages
Wrong

(C)the proportion of all company employees who are hourly wage workers is significantly greater at Yorco than it is at Zortech
Contraditary with info already provided
Wrong

(D)overtime work, which is paid at a substantially higher rate than work done during the regular work week, is rare at both Yorco and Zortech
Correct. If over time is not rare in Y but rare in Z, then it might be a reason why Y spends more money than Z, even if Y's average wage is not higher than Z. Getting rid of this probability will be able to support the conclusion arrived in the last sentence of the opening question

(E)the highest hourly wages paid at Yorco are higher than the highest hourly wages paid at Zortech
Highest wage says nothing about average wages
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2005, 16:32
(D)
I think we need to find something, that could be a reason for explaining why Y spent more than Z and then neutralize that reason, leaving us with the only option of concluding that the average hourly wage at Y is greater that that at Z for the employees.
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