Germany - Ranking of labour costs - April 30, 2017

The statistical office Destatis has produced a ranking of labour costs in Europe, based on own calculations. The report reveals that Germany ranked seventh within the European Union (EU) in terms of the labour cost level in 2016. Compared with the EU average of 25.70 euro, employers paid 30% more per hour worked. However, compared with neighbouring country France (36.30 euro), for example, it was nearly 8% less. Denmark had the highest labour costs per hour worked (43.40 euro), Bulgaria the lowest (4.40 euro). In 2016, employers paid an additional 28 euro of non-wage costs per 100 euro of gross earnings. This means that non-wage costs were below the EU average of 31 euro.

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