Labour Cost Statistics. Q4 2017

The labour cost per worker and month stood at 2,828.38 euros in Catalonia as of the fourth quarter of 2017, 0.3% higher than the same quarter in 2016. With regards to the specific sectors, the labour cost per worker and month in the ICT sector stood at 4,059.48 euros, 3.1% higher than in 2016, while in the culture sector this figure stood at 3,244.27 euros, with a year-over-year increase of 7.6%. The tourism sector labour cost remained stable in relation to the same quarter of 2016 with 2,131.93 euros per worker and month. Within the tourism sector, the highest labour costs was found in the transport sub-sector (3,470.03 euros), while in the culture sector, books and press was the sub-sector with the highest labour cost (3,870.29 euros).

The wage cost per worker and month increased by 0.1% in Catalonia, totaling 2,146.46 euros. The wage cost in the ICT sector was 3,179.82 euros, and in the culture and tourism sectors 2,463.34 euros and 1,596.08 euros respectively.

Per effective hour, the labour cost was 22.36 euros, and the wage cost 16.97 euros. In the analysed specific sectors, ICT sector had the highest effective wage cost per hour (23.20 euros), followed by the cultural (18.52 euros) and tourism (13.69 euros) sectors.

There were 18,892 jobs vacancies, 89.4% 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.

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