Labour-cost determinants in France

Dominique Demailly, Dares, Diane Marlat et Laurence Rioux, division Salaires et revenus d’activité, Insee

In French enterprises with ten or more employees in manufacturing and market services, the average cost of an employee to an employer was €50,850 a year in 2008. Divided by hours actually worked (excluding leave and absences) the hourly cost of labour came to just under €32. It was slightly higher in finance and insurance, where the proportion of management-level workers is larger, and in electricity and gas production and distribution. The cost was lowest in the accommodation and catering sector, which employs a low-skilled labour force and has been granted reductions in social contributions on low wages.

Insee Première
No 1393
Paru le : 22/02/2012