German labour costs were almost one third above the European Union average over the course of 2018, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Monday.
German private sector employers paid 35 euros (39 dollars) per hour, some 32 per cent more than the average of 26.60 euros for the 28 EU members, ascalculated by German statisticians.
According to the figures, German labour costs are the sixth-highest in the bloc, unchanged from its position in 2017.
Bulgaria had the lowest labour costs at 5.30 euros per hour.
The figures include jobs in industry and theservice sector, but not public sector workers. They include wage and non-wage costs, such associal contributions.
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