Productive Hours

Productive hours must be calculated according to the beneficiary's normal practices. The annual number of productive hours can be calculated in two ways:

  • by using a standard number of productive hours used for all employees;
  • by calculating an actual individual number of productive hours for each employee.

Productive hours per year should exclude annual leave, public holidays, training and sick leave.


Total days in a year 365
Weekends            -104
Annual holidays     -21
Statutory holidays  -15
Illness/Others      -15
Workable days in a year 210

Productive hours in a year:  210 x 8 hours/day = 1680 hours

Some activities may be considered not to be part of the productive hours of personnel:

  • Training (not project related)
  • Internal meetings (not project related)

Personnel Hourly Rates

The beneficiary can not claim more hours than the ones he used for the computation of the personnel hourly rates.


Total productive hours = 210 days x 7,5 hours = 1570 hours
Total Salary (statutory costs, including holiday pay, etc...) = 30,000 EUR/year
Personnel Hourly rate = 30,000 EUR / 1570 hours = 19,1 EUR/hour
Total hours worked for the project = 650 hours
Total costs charged to the project = 650 hours x 19,1 EUR/hour = 12,415 EUR

Source: Guide to Financial Issues relating to FP7 Indirect Actions

-- FloridaEstrella - 02-Jul-2010

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