EU Sources - Trends in labour costs in Europe 2015 - October 31, 2016

Based on Eurostat data the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) regularly analyses the development of labour costs and unit labour costs in Europe. In a recent report IMK presents labour cost trends in the private sector, disaggregated for private as well as public services, and in manufacturing industry, for a selection of European countries, the Euro Area and the EU. A special focus is put on the effects of the statutory minimum wage of € 8.50 per hour, introduced at the beginning of 2015 in Germany, on the increase in labour costs. Subsequently, the report examines the development of unit labour costs in Europe and its impact on price competitiveness.

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