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Comparison of 2016 labour costs between EU countries: Germany ranks seventh

2017-04-11 09:17:38

WIESBADEN - Employers in the German industry and the support services sector paid an average of 33.40 euros per hour worked in 2016. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that Germany ranked seventh within the European Union (EU) in terms of the labour cost level. Compared with the EU average of 25.70 euros, German employers paid 30% more per hour worked. However, compared with our neighbouring country France (36.30 euros), for example, it was nearly 8% less. Denmark had the highest labour costs per hour worked (43.40 euros), Bulgaria the lowest (4.40 euros). 

As regards manufacturing, which is particularly subject to international competition, the price of one hour worked in Germany averaged 38.70 euros in 2016. Here, Germany ranked fourth among the EU countries. The price of one hour worked in the German industry was 47% higher than the EU average (26.40 euros) and nearly 3% above the relevant price in France (37.60 euros). Regarding market services, labour costs amounted to 30.50 euros per hour worked. In this respect, Germany ranked ninth in Europe (19% above the EU average and 16% below the costs in France). 

Labour costs consist of gross earnings and non-wage costs. In 2016, employers in the German industry and the support services sector paid an additional 28 euros of non-wage costs per 100 euros of gross earnings. This means that non-wage costs in Germany were below the EU average of 31 euros. Among the EU countries, Germany ranked in the middle (14th position). The highest non-wage costs per 100 euros of wage were paid in Sweden (49 euros), France (47 euros) and Belgium (44 euros), the lowest in Malta (9 euros). The main component of non-wage costs is the employers social contributions, that is, especially the employers statutory social security contributions, expenditure on employee pension schemes and expenditure on continued pay in case of sickness. 

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