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Release: Labour Productivity, Q4 2013

Released: 01 April 2014 Next edition: 01 July 2014
  • On an output per hour basis, UK labour productivity increased by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013 to a level that was 0.7% higher than a year ago. Output per worker was unchanged in Q4.
  • Output per hour in service industries grew by 0.3% in the fourth quarter, and has grown or been unchanged in each quarter of 2013. Across the production industries, output per hour grew by 1.2% in the fourth quarter, reversing a fall of a similar magnitude in the previous quarter.
  • In 2013 as a whole, labour market engagement grew at similar rates to 2012: jobs and workers grew 1.3%, hours worked grew 2.0%, but the rate of output growth accelerated from 0.4% to 1.7%. This is reflected in improved labour productivity performance: output per worker grew by 0.4% in 2013 (compared with a fall of 0.8% in 2012) and output per hour fell by 0.3% compared with a fall of 1.6% in 2012.
  • Whole economy unit labour costs decreased by 0.2% in Q4 2013 and were 0.9% higher than a year earlier, the slowest rate of increase since Q2 2011. Manufacturing unit wage costs increased by 0.6% in Q4 and were 0.5% higher than a year earlier.
  • ONS has developed new labour statistics which provide a full breakdown between employees and the self-employed and include a number of methodological improvements. Revised estimates of labour productivity using these new statistics will be published shortly.
Labour productivity statistics in terms of 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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