Here's a conundrum. How do you decide whether you or your employer supplies essential kit for your job? If you work in an office, you'll need a desk. Nobody'd expect you to buy your own desk. You also need clothes (in my case, to stop women turning into lust crazed demons and pouncing on me). In a standard office job, you'd be expected to buy and wear your own clothes. What about mobile phones? A mate works 9-5 in an office and he has to be on call at other times. To be on call he needs a mobile phone and he's just lost his. The lost phone belonged to my mate, not to his employer. The nature of mateys job means that he needs an all singing, all dancing push email type phone that will cost over 100 quid. Employer thinks mate should buy a new phone ASAP so they can continue to call him at all hours of the night. Mate reckons he can do without a mobile for personal use so wants the employer to fund the phone. Who is right? Should matey cough up for a mobile like he does for the glasses that he needs to do his job, or should his employer provide a mobile phone same as they provide one for his desk?