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- that part of the labour force in a firm which is directly concerned with the manufacture of a good or the provision of a service. Direct labour cost depends on the hours of labour worked by factory operatives engaged directly in making a product. Provided that wage rates remain constant then direct labour cost will tend to vary exactly with output. See VARIABLE COST, STANDARD COST.
- workers employed directly by local or central government to perform tasks rather than such tasks being contracted out to private-sector companies. See CONTRACTING-OUT, INDIRECT LABOUR.
- 1that part of the labour force in a firm that is directly concerned with the manufacture of a good or the provision of a service. Contrast INDIRECT LABOUR.
- workers employed directly by local or central government to perform tasks rather than contracting out such tasks to private-sector companies. For example, a local authority might employ its own permanent construction workers to repair council houses rather than putting such repair work out to local firms. See VARIABLE COST, PRIVATIZATION.