Labour price index; index figures 2015=100; National Accounts

Labour price index; index figures 2015=100; National Accounts

Sector/branches (SIC 2008) Periods Wage costs per hour worked (2015=100)
Q Health and social work activities 2021 April - 2022 March* 114.4
Source: CBS.
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Table description

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 July 2022:
Compared to the previous version the figures for the reference period '2021 April - 2022 March' are added and the figures are adjusted from the period '2019 April - 2020 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.

Description topics

Wage costs per hour worked
Wage costs divided by hours worked.
The total of wages, social contributions paid by employers and taxes on wage costs minus wage cost subsidies.