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Structural statistics on earnings and labour costs

The Member States and Eurostat produce detailed statistics on earnings and labour costs in the European Union (EU). These data can be used to carry out comparative analyses between the Member States, including at regional level in social and economic domains.

ACT

Council Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 of 9 March 1999 concerning structural statistics on earnings and on labour costs [See amending act(s)].

SUMMARY

National authorities and Eurostat cooperate to produce European statistics in order to compare labour costs and earnings in the European Union (EU).

Every four years, Eurostat produces statistical reports in these fields. They are used to develop European policies for enterprises and employees, and to analyse growth and economic and social cohesion in the EU.

Types of information collected

Regarding the level and composition of labour costs, the information must enable statistics to be produced on:

  • the enterprise or production unit on which the employees depend, and particularly on the region of settlement, its size and its sector of activity;
  • total annual labour costs (wages and salaries, social contributions, vocational training costs, etc.);
  • the average annual number of employees, including part-time employees and apprentices;
  • the annual number of hours worked and paid.

Concerning the structure and distribution of earnings, the information to be collected must include data on:

  • the enterprise or the local unit on which the employees depend, particularly on elements such as the form of economic and financial control and the type of collective agreement applied in the enterprise, etc.;
  • the employee (sex, age, occupation, level of education and training, length of service, full-time or part-time, type of employment contract;
  • gross earnings and hours of work.

Data collection and processing of results

The competent national authorities define the appropriate methods for collecting the information and ensure that employers comply with the obligation to supply the information within the fixed deadlines. However, surveys conducted in enterprises are optional if precise estimates can be produced from other appropriate sources.

The national authorities must process the replies in a coherent manner so that the results are comparable. The results are forwarded to Eurostat within a period of 18 months from the end of the reference year.

Context

Before the adoption of this Regulation, statistical information on earnings and labour costs was available only in certain Member States, which did not make reliable comparisons at European level possible.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 530/1999

1.4.1999

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OJ L 63, 9.3.1999

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003

20.11.2003

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OJ L 284, 31.10.2003

Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006

19.1.2007

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OJ L 393, 30.12.2006

Regulation (EC) No 596/2009

18.6.2009

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OJ L 188, 18.7.2009

The successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED ACTS

Transmission of information

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1916/2000 of 8 September 2000 on implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 concerning structural statistics on earnings and on labour costs as regards the definition and transmission of information on structure of earnings (Text with EEA relevance).
Consolidated version

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1726/1999 of 27 July 1999 Implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 530/1999 concerning structural statistics on earnings and on labour costs as regards the definition and transmission of information on labour costs
Consolidated version

Quality of statistics

Regulation (EC) No 698/2006 [Official Journal L 121 of 6.5.2006].
This Regulation concerns the quality evaluation of structural statistics on labour costs and earnings. It lays down the content and evaluation criteria of the report on quality control that the Member States have to send to Eurostat and the deadline by which this report must be sent.

Last updated: 31.05.2011
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