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Definition: Direct remuneration

Labour market

This means remuneration in the form of regular cash payments paid regularly at each pay period during the year.  They should be gross amounts, before deduction of taxes and social security contributions payable by employees:
a) basic wages and salaries;
b) direct remuneration calculated on the basis of time worked, output or piecework and paid to employees for hours worked;
c) remuneration and additional payments for overtime, night work, working on Sundays and public holidays, and shift work;
d) bonuses and allowances paid regularly at each pay period, including:
*workplace bonuses for noise, risk, difficult work, shift or continuous work, night work and working on Sundays and public holidays;
*individual performance bonuses, bonuses for output, production, productivity, responsibility, diligence, punctuality, length of service, qualifications and special knowledge.

In the framework of labour costs statistics, the expression direct remuneration is used to mean the "gross earnings  (or earnings) " received by the employee . The term "gross earnings or earnings" is currently used in the framework of earnings statistics.
Community statistics on the level and structure of labour costs 1996 - List, definition and breakdown of the variables, p.5