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Release: Index of Labour Costs Per Hour (Experimental), Q2 2012

Released: 13 September 2012


Eric Crane

Business Statistics Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455092

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Earnings

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

Survey name(s): Monthly Wages and Salaries Survey, Labour Force Survey, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

  • The whole economy Index of Labour Costs per Hour (ILCH) increased by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same quarter of 2011.

  • The growth in wage costs per hour worked was 0.5 per cent, while non-wage costs per hour worked increased by 1.1 per cent.

  • Private sector labour costs (per hour) increased, while public sector labour costs decreased. The growth in labour costs per hour in the private sector was 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012, compared with -0.9 per cent in the public sector. This in part reflects more hours being worked in the public sector, compared with a year earlier.

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.

A Quality and Methodology Information Report for ILCH (148.9 Kb Pdf) is available. This report describes, in detail the intended uses of the statistics presented in this publication, their general quality and the methods used to produce them.

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