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What would sway you to take a job? Pay? Benefits? The challenge? A good hard shag from a prostitute?

If the latter tops your list of criteria for accepting a new job you could be luck. We've had a reader write in suggesting hookers are being used by recruitment agencies to secure they get the right man for the job. (I know it could be tried on a woman, but lets face it, the tactic is more likely to work on blokes.)

The Reg reader quit his job as NT BOFH with a City firm just before Christmas. He sent out a few CVs to UK based recruitment agencies saying he wasn't going back to the square mile under any circumstances.

One of them, though, was determined to tempt him back. So on Tuesday 9 January at 10.45pm a woman rang his doorbell. In his own words "the young lady left me in no doubt as to where she was from, what she was offering and why. I had to ring my wife to persuade the coquette to leave my hallway."

The agency denied sending over the Honky Tonk Angel (as Cliff Richard didn’t sing), but pointed out our man had 'apparently' enjoyed a lap dancing night out they'd taken him on.

The story reminds me of a man who used to head up sales for a UK computer reseller in the 80s and early 90s. He kept a prostitute on the payroll, not to swing deals with clients, but as a performance bonus for his sales team. He proudly boasted he had never lost a salesman he wanted to keep. He's now looking after customer relationships for another big UK IT business, and is probably very good at it.

Let us know if you've experienced any unorthodox recruitment incentives. But please don't send us anything that looks like a substandard readers letter from a porn mag. ®

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