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Labour Costs for Corporations and Organizations

Data concerning the employees' earnings and wage are collected for each individual employee, while data on the other costs of the enterprise is collected at the level of the enterprise. Other labour costs are distributed on to the employees on the basis of a distribution formed by regulation and logical reasoning. The total labour costs per employee is calculated as the sum of all wages and the sum of other labour costs divided by the number of employees.

Source data

Total labour costs are compiled on the basis of the labour cost survey, which comprises two sub-surveys, the annual structure of earnings survey and the survey of other labour costs for the private sector. The structure of earnings survey is described in the quality declaration. The survey of other labour costs of business enterprises is based on a sample (see section 3.2). The primary data for the total labour costs are collected in collaboration with the Danish Employers' Confederation and the Danish Employers' Association of the Financial Sector, which collect information from their affiliate business enterprises and the information, is then made available to Statistics Denmark. Statistics Denmark collects information from non-affiliate business enterprises and organisations. When possible the information is collected from ATP.

Frequency of data collection

Data is collected annually.

Data collection

The labour costs are transmitted online from the enterprises in the sample.

Data validation

For information on validation of wages and earnings see the structure of earnings statistics quality declaration.

When it comes to other labour costs, all received data are validated. In general, a company or organisation's other labour costs are compared against the same costs of other companies or organisations in the same class of economic activity. If an enterprise has other labour costs that differ to a great extent from those of others, the data delivered by the respective enterprise are looked into more thoroughly.

Data compilation

Total labour costs is based on data transmissions from business enterprises covering 61 percent of the target population. Due to the stratification of the sample, there are large differences between the degrees of coverage within the groups of stratification. Consequently, the number of jobs in the statistics has been raised. This is conducted by classifying the business enterprises by industry and number of employees. Subsequently, the degree of coverage is ascertained for each industry group, which forms the basis for calculating the raising factor allocated to each enterprise in the group in question.


There are made no correction of data apart from that described under Data validation and Data compilation.