The labour cost per worker and month stood at 2,590.80 euros in Catalonia as of the first quarter of 2017, 1.2% less than the same quarter in 2016. In terms of the specific sectors, the labour cost per worker and month in the ICT sector stood at 3,286.59 euros, 9.1% less than a year ago, while in the culture sector this figure stood at 3,096.21 euros, with a year-over-year decrease of 0.3%. The tourism sector registered a labour cost of 2,032.43 euros per worker and month, 0.8% more in respect to the previous year. Within the tourism sector, the highest labour costs was found in the transport sub-sector (3,387.30 euros), while the books and press sector in the culture industry was the sub-sector with the highest labour cost (3,472.93 euros).
The wage cost per worker and month saw a year-over-year decrease in Catalonia by 1.0%, standing at 1,920.28 euros. The wage cost in the ICT sector stood at 2,435.64 euros, and 2,385.81and 1,495.48 in the culture and tourism sectors, respectively.
Per effective hour, the labour cost was 18.84 euros, while the wage cost was 13.96 euros. In the specific sectors that have been analysed, the cultural sector has the highest effective wage cost per hour (16.61 euros), followed by the ICT (15.69 euros) and tourism (11.83 euros) sectors.
There were 17,660 jobs vacancies, 88.4% of which were accounted for by the services sector.
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.