Wage labour

Wage labour (also wage labor in American English) is the socioeconomic relationship between a worker and an employer, where the worker sells his or her labour power under a formal or informal employment contract. [1] These transactions usually occur in a labour market where wages are market determined. [2] In exchange for the wages paid, the work product generally becomes the undifferentiated property of the employer, except for special cases such as the vesting of intellectual property patents in the United States where patent rights are usually vested in the employee personally responsible for the invention. A wage labourer is a person whose primary means of income is from the selling of his or her labour power in this way.


In modern mixed economies such as those of the OECD countries, it is currently the most common form of work arrangement. Although most labour is organised as per this structure, the wage work arrangements of CEOs, professional employees, and professional contract workers are sometimes conflated with class assignments, so that "wage labour" is considered to apply only to unskilled, semi-skilled or manual labour. Various studies have shown that employees generally spend 1.5 to 3 hours a day on non-work related activities. [3]

Other Languages
العربية: عمل مأجور
Deutsch: Lohnarbeit
français: Salariat
한국어: 임노동
кырык мары: Тӓрзӹ
Latina: Opifex
Nederlands: Loonarbeid
日本語: 賃労働
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਉਜਰਤੀ ਕਿਰਤ
slovenčina: Závislá práca
Türkçe: Ücretli emek
українська: Найманий робітник
Tiếng Việt: Tiền công lao động
中文: 雇傭勞動