Hijinks for Ruffians: Reciter advantage?

I’ve recently started building up my Ruffians for Hijinks, and I’ve recruited a few Reciters (Bards). When going through the Hijinks results, it doesn’t seem that they have any particular skill that enables them to participate in Hijinks better than a 0-level normal man (I.e. No HiS, MS, HN, PP, FT).

However, they cost 25gp per month on he payroll, as opposed to the 6gp for a zero level character.

Am I missing a trick somewhere in this?