Hourly labour costs in Croatia mildly increased in 2015 but were among the lowest in the European Union and markedly below the European average, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.
In 2015, average hourly labour costs in Croatia were 9.6 euros. After slipping to 9.4 euros in 2014, they returned to the 2013 level.
Last year, Croatia was among the EU countries with the lowest hourly labour costs alongside Bulgaria (€4.1), Romania (€5.0), Lithuania (€6.8), Latvia (€7.1) and Hungary (€7.5). The highest were recorded in Denmark (€41.3), Belgium (€39.1) and Sweden (€37.4).
In the EU28, average hourly labour costs were 25 euros.
Croatia recorded a 1.7% increase in hourly labour costs in the domestic currency, the lowest among non-euro area member states.
The share of non-wage costs such as employers' social contributions in Croatia's hourly labour costs was 14.9%.