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German labour costs well above EU average in 2018

May 07, 2019


Abstract : 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 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.

Denmark continues to top the list at 44.70 euros per hour in 2018, followedby Luxembourg on 40.30 and Belgium on 40.00 euros. Sweden on 39.30 eurosand France on 36.50 euros were next.

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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