Hourly labour costs were estimated to be an average of €25 across the European Union and an average of €29.50 in the eurozone.
Lithuania experienced the second highest rate of increase in labour costs in the EU rising 5.6% in 2015, only Baltic neighbour Latvia exceeded that rate of increase with a 7.3% rise in labour costs.
Baltic neighbour Latvia had the fourth lowest labour costs at €7.10, with Estonia in tenth place with an average hourly labour cost of €10.40.
Labour costs as calculated by Eurostat are made up of wages and salaries and non-wage costs such as employers’ social contributions.
Denmark had the highest labour costs at €41.30 an hour followed by Belgium (€39.1), Sweden (€37.4), Luxembourg (€36.2) and France (€35.1).
Between 2014 and 2015, Eurostat said hourly labour costs in the whole economy rose by 2.0% in the EU and by 1.5% in the eurozone.