Labour costs in candidate countries significantly lower than in EU

The average labour cost per hour for the candidate countries is still more than five times lower than the EU average, according to a survey released by the Eurostat on 3 March.

Eurostat's labour costs survey for 2000 shows that the average labour costs per hour worked in industry and services in the 15 EU Member States is 22.70 euro, but only 4.21 euro in the candidate countries.

In the EU, the labour cost per hour is the lowest in Portugal (8.13 euro), Greece (10.40 euro) and Spain (14.22 euro), and the highest in Sweden (28.56 euro), Denmark (27.10 euro) and Germany (26.54 euro).

Among the candidate countries, the labour cost per hour is the lowest in Bulgaria (1.35 euro) and Romania (1.51 euro), and the highest in Cyprus (10.74 euro) and Slovenia (8.98 euro). in Slovenia.

 

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