Definition of direct labor in English:

direct labor

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  • 1Labor involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services.

    ‘In service businesses like mine, direct labor is usually the largest component of the cost of sales, and you can use it to get a quick read on changes in your overall cost-of-sales number.’
    • ‘Moreover, it implies that there must be some kind of macro equality between value added created by living or direct labour and value added distributed through exchange of commodities.’
    • ‘So what I call ‘invisible’ costs are quickly beginning to be more significant than direct labor costs.’
    • ‘For items that are manufactured in house, item costs include all associated direct costs, such as direct material, direct labor, and factory overhead.’
    • ‘Examples of common fixed costs are insurance and depreciation while variable costs include direct labor, raw materials and utilities.’
    • ‘These lucky winners will incorporate more flexible production systems with better space utilization and less direct labor, pound for pound.’
    • ‘Overhead, which included all non-productive costs and an interest charge of 4 per cent on the net investment, was allocated to products on the basis of direct labour cost.’
    • ‘The cost of the activity starts with direct labor - the number of dock workers involved and the time it takes them, factored against their salary and benefits.’
    • ‘The IRS says processing a paper income tax return costs about $2.40 in direct labor compared with $1.40 for an electronic return.’
    • ‘Total labor includes direct labor and all indirect expenses associated with labor, to be used in the FCS Phase I period of performance.’
    • ‘The increase in costs/exchange value of information (fixed capital) in relation to direct labour is the cause for capitalism to commodify information, not the other way around.’
    • ‘These provisions, which defined a costing method based on hourly rates for machines, for direct labour or for workshops, were based on a note describing Renault's method.’
    • ‘Manufacturers will remain eager to both take advantage of lower direct labor costs and seek ways to serve the China market.’
    • ‘This is where the strength of our Mexican managers came into play - the relationships they built, how they related to the direct labor we were hiring.’
    • ‘But those who concentrate on rising wage costs should bear in mind that direct labour is only a small fraction of the total costs of high-tech production.’
    • ‘That probably gave rise to some increase in productivity which is reflected in the direct labour costs of doing the remedial work.’
    • ‘Residential segregation concentrates this small-scale investment of direct labour.’
    • ‘The body shop will produce 38 jobs an hour with 60 to 70 direct labor employees per shift’
    • ‘These books covered, for example, the cost of materials, the direct labour cost, and indirect costs such as fuel and lighting.’
    • ‘It is time senior management within the council found out just how much efficient checking is going all by all their junior managers and all contractors and the direct labour force.’
  • 2Labor employed by the authority commissioning the work, not by a contractor.

    ‘If direct labour is being used instead of a recognised building contractor, mortgage providers may also insist upon some form of public liability or employers' liability insurance.’
    • ‘We found that, generally, direct labour was more expensive than contractors.’
    • ‘Two years ago, Plunkett Hall in the seaside village was demolished and six houses were built on the site using direct labour supervised by Fr Furlong and a member of the parish council development committee, Brendan O'Connor.’
    • ‘We no longer use direct labour to carry out our refurbishment works.’
    • ‘Some home-builders choose not to engage a contractor and to conduct the project via direct labour but the savings to be made, about 10%, are mitigated by costs of insurance and the effort involved.’


direct labor

/dəˈrekt/ /dəˈrɛkt/ /dīˈrekt ˈlābər/ /daɪˈrɛkt ˈleɪbər/