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High productivity remains an asset

  • Labour productivity in the chemical and life sciences industry is very high. The average value added created by each worker is 65% higher than for manufacturing as a whole. Each worker in the chemical and life sciences industry generated an average value added of nearly €175,000 in 2013. Between 2003 and 2013, labour productivity of the sector increased by 39% or 3.4% per year.
  • According to a study published in July 2013 by a group of experts on competitiveness and employment, the level of nominal hourly productivity in the chemical industry was slightly higher in the chemical industry in Belgium than in neighbouring countries Germany, France, The Netherlands on average in 2010. The labour productivity growth between 1995 and 2010, however, was lower.