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Release: Labour Productivity, Q1 2014

Released: 01 July 2014 (Latest) Next edition: 01 October 2014
  • UK labour productivity was little changed in the first quarter of 2014, as growth of labour inputs broadly matched the expansion of economic output.
  • Output per hour grew by 0.2% in the first quarter in service industries, and by 0.5% in production industries.
  • Whole economy unit labour costs increased by 0.1% in Q1 2014 and were 1.4% higher than a year ago, continuing the slow rate of growth of recent quarters. Manufacturing unit wage costs decreased by 1.8% in the first quarter of 2014 and were 0.3% lower than a year earlier. This is the first quarter since Q1 2012 where there has been a year on year fall in manufacturing unit wage costs.
  • New analysis of industry contributions to productivity movements since the economic downturn shows large negative contributions from production industries other than manufacturers and from the financial services industry.
Output per worker, output per job and output per hour worked for the whole economy and a range of industries. The release also presents unit labour cost estimates, regional productivity estimates and experimental market sector productivity estimates.

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