The labour cost per worker and month stood at 2,821.18 euros in Catalonia as of the fourth quarter of 2016, 0.7% more than the same quarter in 2015. In terms of the above sectors, the labour cost per worker and month in the ICT sector stood at 3,952.04 euros, 5.4% less than a year ago, while in the culture sector this figure stood at 3,127.47 euros, with a year-over-year decrease of 3.4%. The tourism sector registered a labour cost of 2,131.14 euros per worker and month, 0.2% more in respect to the previous year. Within the tourism sector, the highest labour costs was found in the transport sub-sector (3,380.42 euros), while the audiovisual and publicity sector in the culture industry was the sub-sector with the highest labour cost (3,508.61 euros).
The wage cost per worker and month saw a year-over-year increase in Catalonia by 0.4%, standing at 2,144.46 euros. The wage cost in the ICT sector stood at 3,080.53 euros, and 2,441.80 and 1,597.15 in the culture and tourism sectors, respectively.
Per effective hour, the labour cost was 21.97 euros, while the wage cost was 16.70 euros. The ICT sector had the highest effective wage cost per hour (22.49 euros), which was 68.0% higher than that of the tourism sector (13.39 euros). The culture sector saw an decrease of 0.3% in its wage cost per effective hour with respect to last year, stood at 18.21 euros in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The Quarterly Labour Cost Survey is a continuous sampling statistic performed by the INE. Its main objective is to determine the cost of the labour force, considering the mean labour cost per worker and month, per effective hour, per hours worked and hours not worked. Idescat processes the Quarterly Labour Cost Survey in detail in order to offer results for Catalonia.