Meaning of labour-intensive in English:


Pronunciation /ˌleɪbərɪnˈtɛnsɪv/


  • (of a form of work) needing a large workforce or a large amount of work in relation to output.

    ‘The European Commission proposes to allow seventeen Member States to either continue or start to apply reduced rates of Value Added Tax until 31 December 2010, on some labour-intensive services such as renovation of private dwellings, hairdressing, window-cleaning, domestic cares and small repairs.’
    • ‘Maybe her experience with crawfish boils made her more open to the joys of labor-intensive feasts.’
    • ‘Although the team-based system is labour-intensive, in its first four weeks it led, she says, to a 50 per cent decrease in delayed discharges from the four wards.’
    • ‘‘The new policy will add cost and affect the cash flow of exporters, especially those engaged in the labor-intensive part of the industry,’ she said.’
    • ‘At about the same time, politicians and development officials also became aware of the vast potential for employment in the forestry sector, particularly if labor-intensive practices were emphasized.’
    • ‘Government-run entities are often more labor-intensive than private companies, even with identical production technologies.’
    • ‘Traditionally, higher education is a labour-intensive business in which the costs are determined by the average size of classes and the number of contact hours.’
    • ‘Later, Director of Agriculture Arabinda Padhee said funds required for labour-intensive programmes would be sourced from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.’
    • ‘The Chinese government plans to impose new restrictions to discourage investment in labor-intensive industries that produce cheap goods for export.’
    • ‘But labor-intensive sectors still face challenges in upgrading technologies, management and quality of employees.’
    • ‘Statistics provide a compelling illustration of how labor-intensive restaurants are compared to other industries.’