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Release: Index of Labour Costs Per Hour (ILCH) (Experimental), Q2 2011

Released: 21 September 2011


Eric Crane

Business Statistics Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455092

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, National Income, Expenditure and Output

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown:

  • Summary of findings:

    At the whole economy level the experimental index of labour costs per hour increased by 3.0 per cent in Q2 2011 when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Non-wage costs increased at a faster rate than wages, at 4.2 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. The public sector's index of labour costs per hour grew faster than in the private sector during the second quarter of 2011. This in part reflects the reduced number of hours worked by public sector employees, many of whom benefited from the additional bank holiday for the Royal wedding that took place during the quarter. The public sector's annual growth rate was 4.0 per cent in Q2 2011, compared with 2.8 per cent in the private sector.

In this release

Also known as Labour Costs Index (LCI). Measures changes in the average labour costs per hour worked. Labour costs include wages and salaries as well as employer social contributions, maternity, paternity and sick pay and benefits in kind.

This is an experimental statistic. ONS would welcome any comments on it. Please contact  Eric Crane on 01633 455092, or email

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