Hourly labour costs in the Euro Area increased 4.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, following an upwardly revised 3.7 percent increase in the previous quarter. It is the biggest increase in labour costs since at least 2009 as COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, leading to business and store closures. The cost of wages & salaries per hour worked grew by 5.2 percent and the non-wage component grew by 0.8 percent. By sector, hourly labour costs rose by 4.4 percent in services, 3.8 percent in industry and 2.8 percent in construction. source: Eurostat

Labour Costs in the Euro Area averaged 98.08 points from 2009 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 115.70 points in the second quarter of 2020 and a record low of 83.40 points in the first quarter of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - Euro Area Labour Costs - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Euro Area Labour Costs - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2020.

Labour Costs in Euro Area is expected to be 100.71 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Labour Costs in Euro Area to stand at 116.97 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Euro Area Labour Costs is projected to trend around 112.60 points in 2021 and 114.51 points in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Euro Area Labour Costs

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
115.70 103.30 115.70 83.40 2009 - 2020 points Quarterly
2016=100, WDA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-12-16 10:00 AM Q3 2.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.5%
2020-03-17 10:00 AM Q4 2.4% 2.6% 3% 2.7%
2020-06-16 09:00 AM Q1 3.4% 2.3% 2.3% 2.2%
2020-09-15 09:00 AM Q2 4.2% 3.7% -1.2%
2020-12-16 10:00 AM Q3 4.2%
2021-03-17 10:00 AM Q4
2021-06-16 09:00 AM Q1
2021-09-15 09:00 AM Q2


News Stream
Eurozone Labour Costs Rise at New Record High
Hourly labour costs in the Euro Area increased 4.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, following an upwardly revised 3.7 percent increase in the previous quarter. It is the biggest increase in labour costs since at least 2009 as COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, leading to business and store closures. The cost of wages & salaries per hour worked grew by 5.2 percent and the non-wage component grew by 0.8 percent. By sector, hourly labour costs rose by 4.4 percent in services, 3.8 percent in industry and 2.8 percent in construction.
2020-09-15
Eurozone Labour Costs Rise at Record Pace
Hourly labour costs in the Euro Area increased 3.4 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, following a downwardly revised 2.3 percent rise in the previous quarter and way above market forecasts of a 2.3 percent gain. It is the biggest increase in labour costs since at least 2009 when the series began, as COVID-19 containment measures started to be widely introduced by Member States, leading to business and store closures. The cost of wages and salaries per hour worked grew by 3.4 percent (vs 2.4 percent in Q4) and the non-wage component grew by 3.6 percent (vs 2.2 percent). By sector, hourly labour costs rose by 2.6 percent in industry, 3 percent in construction, 3.4 percent in services and 4.2 percent in the (mainly) nonbusiness economy. Among Eurozone largest economies, labour costs increased 4.3 percent in Germany, 0.9 percent in France, 3 percent in Italy and 3.8 percent in Spain.
2020-06-16
Eurozone Labour Costs Rise Less than Expected in Q4
Hourly labour costs in the Euro Area rose 2.4 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2019, easing from a 2.6 percent growth in the previous three-month period and missing market expectations of a 3 percent increase. Wages & salaries advanced 2.3 percent (vs 2.6 percent in Q3) and non-wage costs went up 2.4 percent (vs 2.6 percent in Q3). By economic activity, hourly labour costs advanced by 2.2 percent in industry, by 2.3 percent in construction, by 2.3 percent in services and by 2.6 percent in the (mainly) nonbusiness economy. Among Eurozone's largest economies, labour cost growth slowed in France (1.2 percent vs 2.3 percent), Germany (3 percent vs 3.1 percent), and the Netherlands (2.2 percent vs 2.8 percent). Meanwhile, labour costs rose at a faster pace in Italy (1.5 percent vs 1.3 percent), and Spain (2.9 percent vs 2.4 percent).
2020-03-17
Eurozone Labour Cost Growth Slows to 2.6% in Q3
Hourly labour costs in the Euro Area increased 2.6 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, following an upwardly revised 2.8 percent growth in the previous three-month period. Wages & salaries went up 2.6 percent (vs 2.8 percent in Q2) and non-wage costs rose 2.6 percent (vs 2.9 percent in Q2). By economic activity, hourly labour costs advanced by 2.9 percent in industry, by 2.3 percent in construction, by 2.5 percent in services and by 2.6 percent in the (mainly) nonbusiness economy. Among Eurozone's largest economies, labour cost growth picked up in France (2.8 percent vs 2 percent), Italy (2.4 percent vs 1.3 percent), Spain (3.5 percent vs 2.1 percent), Ireland (7.4 percent vs 3.2 percent) and the Netherlands (4.3 percent vs 2.3 percent). Meanwhile, labour costs advanced at a slower pace in Germany (2.9 percent vs 3.1 percent).
2019-12-16

Euro Area Labour Costs
The Labour Cost Index in the Euro Area is a short-term indicator showing the development of hourly labour costs incurred by employers, in nominal terms, that is without adjusting for price developments. It is calculated dividing the labour cost in national currency by the number of hours worked. The quarterly changes in hourly employers’ costs are measured for total labour costs and its main components: wages and salaries; and non-wage costs (labour costs other than wages and salaries). Total labour costs (TOT) cover wage and non-wage costs less subsidies. They do not include vocational training costs or other expenditures such as recruitment costs, spending on working clothes, etc.