Hourly labour costs ranged from €4.4 to €42 in EUStaff Writer | April 7, 2017
In 2016, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy excluding agriculture and public administration were estimated to be €25.4 in the European Union (EU) and €29.8 in the euro area.
Cost of work Huge differences in Europe
In industry, labour costs per hour were €26.6 in the EU and €32.6 in the euro area, in services €25.8 and €28.7 respectively and in construction €23.3 and €26.1.
In the mainly non-business economy excluding public administration, labour costs per hour were €26.6 in the EU and €29.7 in the euro area in 2016.
Labour costs are made up of wages & salaries and non-wage costs such as employers' social contributions. The share of non-wage costs in the whole economy was 23.9% in the EU and 26.0% in the euro area, ranging from 6.6% in Malta to 33.2% in France.
These estimates for 2016 come from an article issued by Eurostat. ■