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Labour Costs

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the increase in unit labour costs in Britain in each of the last nine years, and also in the original EEC six.

International comparisons of unit labour costs for the whole economy are not available. However, figures for manufacturing are provided in the table:

Unit Labour Costs in Manufacturing—Percentage Change on Previous Year
Great BritainBelgiumFranceGermanyItalyNetherlands
197815175112
197918393103
1980224128124
198194125191
19823-1113174
1983-1-18014-2
198425515-7
1985343091
198644333-1

Notes:

1. The percentages are calculated from index series produced by the International Monetary Fund except for Great Britain, figures for which are published in the Employment Gazette.

2. Unit labour costs for Luxembourg are not available.

3. The source index series are in local currency and are not adjusted for exchange rate changes.