Labour costs (by the Labour cost survey), 2020

In 2020, great impact of COVID-19 measures on the level and structure of labour costs, especially subsidies

Monthly labour costs amounted to EUR 2,464.47 (EUR 20.31 per hour worked). The highest share in labour costs was represented by employees’ incomes (88.5%), followed by employer’s social security payments (14.1%) and subsidies (3.1%); the latter reduce labour costs.

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The share of subsidies the highest since the survey started to be conducted

According to data collected by the Labour Cost Survey, which we conduct every four years, in 2020 the highest share in labour costs was, as always, employees’ incomes, namely 88.5% (85.9% in 2016), followed by employer’s social security payments with 14.1% (13.6% in 2016) and subsidies with 3.1% (in 2016 0.2%); subsidies reduce labour costs. Such a higher share of subsidies is due to government measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic, mainly due to partial subsidies for short-time working and partial subsidies of wage compensation to employees on temporary lay-offs.

Labour costs the highest in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

The average monthly labour costs per person in paid employment amounted to EUR 2,464.47 and the average labour costs per hour worked to EUR 20.31. As regards activities, labour costs were the highest in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (EUR 3,842.61 per month, EUR 29.33 per hour worked), followed by financial and insurance activities (EUR 3,604.82 per month, EUR 27.73 per hour worked). They were the lowest in accommodation and food service activities (EUR 1,553.29 per month, EUR 17.97 per hour worked), followed by administrative and support service activities (EUR 1,812.62 per month, EUR 14.90 per hour worked). In accommodation and food service activities, the costs per hour worked were higher due to the lower number of hours worked.

Only in two statistical regions labour costs above average

Labour costs were the lowest in the Primorsko-Notranjska and Zasavska statistical regions (EUR 2,095.95 and EUR 2,161.77 per month, and EUR 17.36 and EUR 17.85 per hour worked). They were the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska and Jugovzhodna Slovenija statistical regions (EUR 2,711.99 and EUR 2,503.57 per month, and EUR 22.06 and EUR 20.29 per hour worked); only in these two statistical regions, labour costs per month were higher than the national average.

Larger business entities, higher labour costs, less subsidies; in the private sector, lower labour costs

In business entities with fewer than 10 employees, labour costs amounted to EUR 1,928.99 per month (EUR 16.72 per hour worked), and the share of subsidies was 5.7%. In business entities with more than 500 employees, labour costs amounted to EUR 2,755.80 per month (EUR 22.23 per hour worked), and the share of subsidies was 2.4%.

In the public sector, labour costs amounted to EUR 2,806.97 per month (EUR 23.16 per hour worked) and in the private sector to EUR 2,319.64 per month (EUR 19.11 per hour worked). The share of subsidies was 2.2% in the public sector and 3.5% in the private sector.

Tables with the latest data are available in the SiStat Database.
Average monthly labour costs per person in paid employment, selected activities, Slovenia, 2020
Average monthly labour costs per person in paid employment, selected activities, Slovenia, 2020
D Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
K Financial and insurance activities
J Information and communication
SI Slovenia
S Other service activities
N Administrative and support service activities
I Accommodation and food service activities
Average labour costs, Slovenia, 2020
EUR
Monthly, per person
in paid employment
Per hour worked
Total labour costs2,464.4720.31
Employees' incomes2,181.0317.98
Employer's social security payments346.562.86
Vocational training costs2.990.02
Other labour costs7.780.06
Taxes2.050.02
Subsidies1)75.950.63
1) Subsidies reduce labour costs.
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