People have wondered for years what Santa does and how he does it for free. Researchers have now come up with an answer to these age-old questions. The insurance company insure.com has calculated a hypothetical figure of $139,924 for Santa's efforts this year. This is a 1.5 per cent increase on last year, which is in keeping with austerity measures suffered by most people around the world. The figure is roughly twice the amount that caregivers in the USA would receive. Researchers at insure.com created a list of the various jobs Santa performs throughout the year to create a job description. They then estimated the total time spent on each task to get the final figure for Santa's annual salary.
The researchers discovered that Santa is indeed a multi-skilled worker, who pretty much has to be a jack of all trades. Among his skills are reindeer handling, gift wrapping, chimney expert and map reader. The vast majority of his salary, however, comes from managing his toy factory. It is estimated the bearded one spends 2,912 hours a year organizing his elves and making sure toys for the world's children are of the right quality. He gets the standard $40.09 an hour for this. His highest hourly rate is for the ten hours he spends being a sleigh pilot and delivering presents. Comparisons were made with airline pilots and researchers reckoned a sleigh pilot would earn $62.31 an hour.
多年来人们都想知道圣诞老人做什么，是怎样免费做哪些事情的？研究人员现在已经想出一个答案来回答这些古老的问题。保险公司insure.com计算出了一份今年圣诞老人所需花费的假设的数据139,924美元.这比去年增加了1.5%,这符合全世界大多数人所遭遇的财政紧缩 。这一数字大约是在美国的护理人员的两倍 。insure.com的研究人员创建了一个列表，包含了圣诞老人在一年中所做的各种工作，并给出了工作描述 。然后，他们预估出每项任务所需的时间，然后通过总的时间来计算出圣诞老人的年薪 。
研究人员发现,圣诞老人确实是多才多艺的员工,他们几乎是万事通。他的技能包括驾驭驯鹿、礼品包装、烟囱专业知识和阅读地图等 。然而,圣诞老人的大部分薪水来自于玩具工厂的管理 。据估计,长胡子的他每年花费2912个小时组织他的孩子，并确保孩子们所用的玩具质量合格 。他得到了40.09美元每小时的标准报酬 。他最高的时薪是当他乘着雪橇给人们递送礼物的那是十个小时 。通过与航空公司飞行员相比较，研究者认为一个雪橇驾驶员每小时可以赚62.31美元 。
Better to give it to someone who knows and enjoys the genre and is aware of that marketplace, past and present. You’re asking them to work for free, after all.
2.be in keeping with 符合
Although this story would be in keeping with the character of the mad emperor, it is likely untrue.
3.austerity measures[财政] 紧缩措施
There exists no European government; only management of austerity measures and of repression.
4.spend on 在…方面花费
Our reply: So how much time do you typically spend on projects now?
5.jack of all trades杂而不精的人；能做各种事情的人
In reality, the rare Jack of All Trades might not be essential to have, but will feel essential to any team that has one.
1.What have people wondered for years?
a) why Santa wears red
b) who Santa is
c) what Santa does
d) whether or not Santa gets a present
2.What kind of company calculated Santa's salary?
a) an insurance company
b) a gift wrapping company
c) a toy company
d) a recruitment agency
3.How much higher is Santa's salary for 2014 than it was in 2013?
b) three per cent
4.How much more might Santa earn than a caregiver in the USA?
a) 5 times
b) two times
c) three times
d) two times
5.What did researchers create a list of?
a) countries Santa visits
c) Santa's tasks
6.What kind of worker did researchers say Santa was?
7.What task brings Santa the most income?
a) starring in movies
b) working in shopping malls
c) looking after reindeer
d) managing the toy factory
8.How many hours a year does he spend organising elves?
9.What does Santa get paid $40.09 an hour for doing?
a) managing the toy factory
b) giving interviews
c) reading letters
d) shopping mall appearances
10.Who gets $62.31 an hour besides Santa?
a) delivery agents
b) toy designers
c) Frosty the Snowman
d) airline pilots