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Release: Index of Labour Costs Per Hour (Experimental), Q3 2011

Released: 16 December 2011


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)

  • Summary of findings:

    ILCH 2011 Q3 growth rates measure change compared with the same quarter in 2010:   

  • At the whole economy level the index of total labour costs increased by 1.9%.

  • The index of total other costs has increased at a faster rate than the index of total wage costs. At the whole economy level these growth rates were 2.9% and 1.8% respectively. The relatively high growth rates for the index of total other costs in 2011 Q3 and 2011 Q2 are partly due to changes to employer National Insurance contribution rates made in April 2011.

  • The private sector index of total labour costs per hour rose by 2.4% whereas the corresponding figure for the public sector was much lower at 1.1%. Growth has been lower in the public sector because modest wage growth has been offset by an increase in hours worked per job.

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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