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Release: International Comparisons of Productivity, 2011 - Final Estimates

Released: 13 February 2013


Priya Mistry

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455047

Categories: Economy, Prices, Output and Productivity, Productivity Measures, International Comparison of Productivity

Frequency of release: Biannually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: International

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • Output per hour In the UK was 16 percentage points below the average for the rest of the G7 major industrialised economies in 2011, the widest productivity gap since 1993. On an output per worker basis, UK productivity was 21 percentage points lower than the rest of the G7 in 2011

  • In 2011, UK output per hour grew roughly in line with the average of the rest of the G7, and faster than the US and Germany. UK output per worker was broadly flat in 2011

  • Since 2007, growth of UK output per hour and output per worker has trailed that of the US, Japan and Canada, but has been broadly similar to that of Germany, France and Italy. Thus the “productivity conundrum” is not unique to the UK

  • Outside the G7, UK output per hour in 2011 was significantly lower than in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, and a little lower than Spain. Since 2007, growth of output per hour has been sluggish in Belgium and the Netherlands, but has recovered sharply in Spain and Ireland

An international comparison of productivity across the G7 nations, in terms of the level of and growth in GDP per hour and GDP per worker.

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