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
Norway 51.20
Denmark 41.30
Belgium 39.10
Sweden 37.40
Luxembourg 36.20
France 35.10
Ireland 30
Source: Eurostat 2016


Irish labour productivity is 74% above the EU27 average.

Labour productivity per person employed (EU28=100)
Luxemborg 182.6
Ireland 173.9
Denmark 132
Germany 126.1
Sweden 114.5
Italy 101.5
Spain 97.1
Cyprus 76.4
Portugal 68.1
Lithuania 64.1
Poland 59
Bulgaria 43.7
Source: Eurostat 2015

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