Our plumber did a small job for us recently. He charged us 30% mark up on the materials - fair enough I guess, half a day's rate (£125) for 2.5 hours work - on the basis he had to travel 12 miles each way and then on top of that £50 for his apprentice. All plus VAT of course. Now this apprentice is not the brightest. He stood there and watched and we're pretty certain he did nothing. Didn't even pass tools.
Is it usual to charge in this way? I heard that the Government pays for apprentices to be trained? It doesn't seem fair that I should have to hand over my hard-earned cash for someone's employee to be trained on my job. Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.