Labour Costs

Irish labour costs have remained relatively stable compared to a number of EU countries which have experienced significant increases in wages and salaries.

Labour Costs € Per Hour
Norway51.20
Denmark41.30
Belgium39.10
Sweden37.40
Luxembourg36.20
France35.10
Ireland30
Source: Eurostat 2016

Productivity

Ireland is one of the most productive economies in the EU. Productivity levels are approximately 40 points above the EU27 baseline.

Labour productivity per person employed (EU27=100)
Luxembourg167.8
Norway160.7
Ireland142.6
Belgium127.4
Switzerland116.6
France115.1
Denmark111.4
Spain109
Netherlands108.9
Euro Area107.9
Italy107
Germany106.2
UK104.8
EU27100
Greece91.7
Portugal75.1
Poland72
Czech Rep.72
Hungary70.4
Estonia68.7
Source: Eurostat 2013