Definition of direct labour in English:

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direct labour


[mass noun]
1Labour involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services.
Example sentences
  • In service businesses like mine, direct labor is usually the largest component of the cost of sales, and you can use it to get a quick read on changes in your overall cost-of-sales number.
  • Moreover, it implies that there must be some kind of macro equality between value added created by living or direct labour and value added distributed through exchange of commodities.
  • So what I call ‘invisible’ costs are quickly beginning to be more significant than direct labor costs.
2Labour employed by the authority commissioning the work, not by a contractor.
Example sentences
  • If direct labour is being used instead of a recognised building contractor, mortgage providers may also insist upon some form of public liability or employers' liability insurance.
  • We found that, generally, direct labour was more expensive than contractors.
  • Two years ago, Plunkett Hall in the seaside village was demolished and six houses were built on the site using direct labour supervised by Fr Furlong and a member of the parish council development committee, Brendan O'Connor.

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