Definition: Paid hours
Paid hours covered normal and overtime hours, remunerated during the reference period. Hours not worked during the reference period but nevertheless paid were counted as "paid hours" (annual leave, sick leave, official holidays and other hours paid such as for medical examinations). Using this method, it was necessary to ensure that there is consistency between the "paid hours" and the hours to which the salary corresponds. Paid hours were calculated by deducting hours lost due to sickness, maternity leave, etc. from the normal basic hours.
Eurostat, "Statistics on the structure and distribution of earnings: Methods and definitions", Data 1995, 1998 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999, p.15