Informal. menial, routine work, as that done by an underling: the scutwork of scrubbing pots and pans.
Also, scut work.
scut work. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scut work (accessed: February 27, 2009).
The Cat thought, "My human servant feeds me the wet food, he does an adequate job scratching behind my ears - even with his pitiful claws, and he does attend to the scut work required to maintain my litter box in the salubrious state I demand. Yet, I cannot resist tripping him up when he tries to walk down the stairs".