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English definition of “direct labour”

direct labour

noun [U]     UK
(US direct labor) ACCOUNTING the workers who are directly involved in producing goods or supplying services , or the cost of paying those workers : Direct labor costs are rising in the manufacturing sector . Direct labour appears in the accounts as part of the cost of goods sold .
HR people who work in a company or organization and are employed directly by it, rather than being employed by an agency or another company : The work was carried out by a mixture of direct labour and contract workers .
(Definition of direct labour noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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