May 28, 2013


EU pig processing plants' labour costs vary



The average gross wage of workers in pig meat processing plants in France is almost double that in Germany.


This is according to a report from the French institute Institut du Porc (IFIP).


IFIP has compared labour costs between three European countries: France, Spain and Germany, according to BPEX.


This is a difficult task as costs depend on the type of cutting plant. Slaughtering costs vary between €0.06 (US$0.08) and €0.12 (US$0.15) per kilogramme cwe. Cutting costs roughly vary between €0.10 (US$0.13) and €0.50 (US$0.64) per kilogramme cwe.


Labour accounts for between 71% and 76% of total costs.