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labour

the human input to work activity. See JOB, CAPITAL.

labour

the contribution to productive activity made by the workforce both by hand (for example, the assembly of a car) and mentally (for example, devising a stock-control system). Labour is one of the three main FACTORS OF PRODUCTION, the others being NATURAL RESOURCES and CAPITAL. See alsoECONOMIC GROWTH, HUMAN CAPITAL.
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Steve Harris and Alison Bradley, from Central Finance, assisted businessman Martyn Jupp to secure funds to develop labour-saving software for his electrical testing company.
I lose bits, never read the instructions and what started out as a great labour-saving device ends up in the kitchen graveyard cupboard along with a selection of vacuum flask tops, old carrier bags and the innards of a long dead toasty maker.
Electricity like a lot of essentials was expensive, and in those days people didn't have all the domestic labour-saving equipment they do today.
But farmers must not compromise performance in an effort to save costs, so Eblex has drawn up a labour-saving flock management checklist to help farmers reform their systems.
Smallholders able to invent a labour-saving machine or gadget to make life easier for themselves and other smallholders are being encouraged to enter a new competition hosted at this year's Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival.
The company's Heaven in a Jar dessert sauces are being brought under its Very Lazy brand in the summer in a bid to communicate the products' labour-saving positioning.
NEW research suggests that which car labour-saving device is more trouble than it's worth?