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Posted by CareerBuilder UK on 22 June 2015 in HR Glossary, Labour market, HR Management & Strategy | No Comment


Labour costs (or personnel costs) are costs arising from the employment of staff in a company.

Salaries and wages generally represent the biggest cost factor; sometimes accounting for up to 50% of a company's total costs. All employees in an organisation - from trainee to managing director - are classified as personnel cost (personnel expenditure).

Freelancers and subcontracted workers however do not fall into this cost category.

Personnel costs include:

-        Wages

-        Salaries

-        Social costs (incidental wage/salary costs)

-        Miscellaneous personnel costs (e.g. for recruitment, HR management, severance payment)

Effective recruitment and successful employee retention measures can reduce or keep miscellaneous personnel costs to a minimum.


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