|Sector/branches (SIC 2008)||Periods||Labour price index (2015=100)||Year-on-year change price of labour (%)|
|A Agriculture, forestry and fishing||2021 January - 2021 December*||105.6||3.2|
|B-F Manufacturing and energy||2021 January - 2021 December*||111.8||1.7|
|G Wholesale and retail trade||2021 January - 2021 December*||111.0||4.0|
|H Transportation and storage||2021 January - 2021 December*||109.3||2.0|
|I Accommodation and food serving||2021 January - 2021 December*||96.3||-0.2|
|J Information and communication||2021 January - 2021 December*||118.4||7.4|
|N Renting and other business support||2021 January - 2021 December*||109.9||5.6|
|O-Q Government and care||2021 January - 2021 December*||114.6||0.5|
|O Public administration and services||2021 January - 2021 December*||113.4||1.6|
|Q Health and social work activities||2021 January - 2021 December*||115.8||0.4|
This table provides information on labour price developments, i.e. the development of wage costs per hour worked by employees, corrected for changes in the personnel structure.
Data available from:
Status of the figures:
Data from 2001 up to and including 2019 are final. The figures concerning 2020 and 2021 are provisional.
Changes as of April 2022:
Compared to the previous version the figures for the reference period '2021 January - 2021 December' are added and the figures are adjusted from the period '2020 April - 2021 March'.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis and governmental measures, there are fluctuations in the underlying data that can affect the outcome of the Labour price index. From March 2020, the hours worked and wage costs are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the government measures taken. The wage costs decreased sharply due to the large wage compensation scheme (the so-called NOW subsidy) and the hours worked also decreased sharply.
From the first quarter of 2020 the method to estimate the hours worked of employees differs from the usual method. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the hours worked suddenly decreased sharply in certain industries. The regular data sources did not provide sufficient information to capture the decrease in hours worked. To properly incorporate the decrease of the hours worked in our quarterly estimate, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) is used as an additional source. March and the second quarter are estimated using growth rates from the LFS. The growth rates are applied in (parts of) the industries in which the effect of the COVID-19 crisis is substantial.
When will new figures become available?
New figures are published three to four months after the end of the reference period.
- Labour price index
- The labour price index reflects changes in the price of labour. This concerns the development of the wage costs per hour worked by employees, corrected for changes in the personnel structure.
- Year-on-year change price of labour
- Percentage change relative to the same period one year previously.
The labour price index reflects changes in the price of labour. This concerns the development of the wage costs per hour worked by employees, corrected for changes in the personnel structure.