direct labour


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direct labour

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

direct labour

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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He said the direct labour drive involved activities such as vegetation control and reinstatement of failed portions of the carriageway, patching of potholes and asphalt over-lay of distress sections of the road.
He noted that, all ministries, departments and agencies were expected to set up direct labour units to undertake quick-win projects, noting that, the measure would go a long way to empower youths as well as manage scarce resources.
The most common component of clothing manufacture is labour, so the allocation base selected is direct labour hours spent in manufacturing clothing.
Absenteeism and low productivity have been blamed for heavy losses run up by the council's direct labour organisation which handled the repair work.
In Figure 2, we provide a summary of results by three company types: non-users of standard cost systems; users of standard cost systems that allocate fixed and variable overhead costs by direct labour; and users of standard cost systems that do not use direct labour to allocate overhead costs.
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Mike Drummond, Uddingston, near Glasgow I FEEL the need to tell readers that North Lanarkshire Council no longer employ a direct labour organisation.
The in-house direct labour organisation with 35 members of staff, has provided on-site training and college education for plumbers, joiners and painters.
In Caerphilly, a pounds 1m loss suffered by the direct labour department under Labour has been turned into a profit.
The latest increase is mainly due to losses incurred over the last two years with the Direct Labour Section of Birmingham city housing department.
He's been picked to head the new department, replacing the trouble-torn Direct Labour Organisation.