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Manufacturing Industry (Labour Costs)

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish tables showing the average cost in pence per hour of labour employed in manufacturing industry, including the cost of statutory and pension contributions and taxes, less subsidies, together with the percentages of total labour costs such items represented for the years 1970 and 1980.

Estimates are not readily available for 1970 but the following table gives figures for 1968 and 1973, based on the detailed surveys in those years, and for 1980 based on up-dating the results of the detailed survey in 1978.

Labour costs in manufacturing industries
Total (pence per hour)58·25106·90349·43
Percentage of total attributable to:
Wages and salaries91·389·982·0
Statutory national insurance contributions4·44·99·1
Provision for redundancy (net)0·40·31·7
Voluntary social welfare payments*3·23·55·3
Other payments (subsidised services, etc)2·31·92·1
Government subsidies-1·5-0·6-0·3
* Predominantly contributions to pension funds, but also including payments to special sickness funds and lump sum payments on retirement, etc.