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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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Maybe if the labour market were tighter and wages were rising faster, it would induce companies to invest more heavily in new labour-saving innovations.
Hand to mouth, Hand over mouth No eve contact, Labour-saving.
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.
More and more our lives are filled with labour-saving devices.
"Systems in Europe tend to be costlier but more labour-saving due to the high cost of labour, whereas here the cost of labour is not as high," says Harsco Infrastructure UAE sales manager and Gulf export sales Joe Farina.
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.
Without modern farming methods we would have to import more, but then that might suit Mr Mathias or perhaps he could become one of Mr Cameron-Clegg's big society and offer to go help his local farmer, with a hoe or a scythe to save him using that time and labour-saving, but earth-destroying tractor.
Only when people realise that over use of "labour-saving devices" like washers, driers, dishwashers, etc, are part of the problem, will I believe they care about their own future.
The key conclusion was that human biology is simply not adapted to modern life in the 21st century, with its labour-saving devices, motorised transport, sedentary work and cheap high energy foods.
Almondy chose this integrated automatic infeed which provides labour-saving benefits without having to increase factory space.
Trevor Baylis, the celebrated inventor of the clockwork radio, has opened the Wondrously Wacky Gadgets show of labour-saving devices invented between 1851 and 1951.