EU Sources - Labour costs in Europe in 2015 - April 30, 2016

The statistical office Eurostat published its annual statistics with wage data for the year 2015. Average hourly labour costs (made up of wages and salaries and non-wage costs such as employers’ social contributions) in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €25.0 in the whole European Union and €29.5 in the euro area. This average masks significant gaps between member states, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria (€4.1), Romania (€5.0), Lithuania (€6.8), Latvia (€7.1) and Hungary (€7.5), and the highest in Denmark (€41.3), Belgium (€39.1), Sweden (€37.4), Luxembourg (€36.2) and France (€35.1).   

English: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained …  

Press release in English, French and German: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web …  

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