direct labor

noun

Definition of direct labor

1 : labor (as machine operators) applied directly to a product in the manufacturing process so that the cost is computable, identifiable, and chargeable directly to the specific product

called also productive labor

— compare indirect labor
2 : the wages paid to workers classed as direct labor

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“Direct labor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/direct%20labor. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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