Preliminary labour costs averaged €34.55 per hour actually worked (including trainees) in 2019 having risen by 2.1% compared to 2018. In industry and construction, they amounted to €38.04, in trade and services to €32.76. In 2019 an hour worked costs most in the branches “Electricity, gas steam and air conditioning supply” (€56.14) and in “Financial and insurance activities” (€55.21), while costs in “Accommodation and food service activities” were two thirds lower (€18.76).
Compared to 2018 the highest (preliminary) increase in costs was observed in ”Real estate activities”
In 2019 employers paid 73% for gross wages and salaries and 27% for indirect labour costs such as employers’ social contributions (24%, including continued remuneration in the event of sickness and severance payments) and other labour costs (2%). The proportion of indirect labour costs in total labour costs was highest in “Construction” (30%) because of additional payments to the Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Fund (Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungskasse – BUAK).
Annual labour cost statistics is based on the four-yearly labour cost surveys (last one for 2016). Reporting years between years surveyed are interpolated using results of economic statistics, of the Labour Force Survey, which is part of the micro-census, and of National Accounts. Reporting years after the last survey year are extrapolated with these statistics as well as with labour cost index data.
Results of the annual labour costs in the EU member states are published by Eurostat in a publicly available database.
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