employer of the manufacturing industry and economic services-paid in Germany 2018, an average of 35,00 Euro for an hour’s work, such as the Federal Statistical office International labour day on 1. May told. The working costs are almost a third above the EU average. Compared to the EU average of 26,60 euros they paid 32 percent more. Labour costs in the public service are not recorded in the statistics.

Europe’s largest economy is ranked within the EU as of 2017, on rank six. More expensive than in Germany, in Denmark (44,70 Euro), Luxembourg (40,30), Belgium (40,00), Sweden (39,30) and France (36,50), while it is in Bulgaria with 5,30 Euro on the cheap.

In the export-dependent manufacturing sector, which is particularly strong in international competition, at a cost of one hour of work an average of 40,00 Euro. Restricted to this sector of the economy of Germany in the EU comparison on rank four: One hour of work in German industry, was 48 percent more expensive than the EU average (27,00 Euro).

In the case of non-wage labour costs in the midfield

labour costs are composed of Gross earnings and non-wage labour costs. In the year 2018, the employer paid 100 euros of gross earnings in addition, € 27 non-wage labour costs. This is below the EU average of 30 Euro-in-EU-wide Ranking of a place in the midfield (14.). In Sweden, employers pay 100 Euro pay 48 euros in non-wage labour costs, in Malta, only eight euros.

Even if the differences in labour costs within the EU are still large, have narrowed since 2004. At the time, for the first time, comparable Figures for all relevant member States have been collected. 2018 amounted to the cost of labor in the leading group of countries, four times the value of the catching-up countries – in 2004, you had to be in the top group with 28 Euro, by contrast, is still nearly eight times. Reason for the approach is cost, since the years of high growth in the countries with low work.

Less taxes on labour income

The Confederation of German employers ‘ associations recently called for a “stop sign against the continuous increase of social security contributions”, since in the case of average earners, the net is just the half of the incoming, what is the employer for him to pay. The industrialized countries organization OECD recommends the Federal government to tax income from work and income from capital, property and inheritances, more heavily.