Skip to content

Release: Labour Productivity, Q3 2013

Released: 24 December 2013 Next edition: 01 April 2014
  • On an output per hour basis, UK labour productivity decreased by 0.3% in the third quarter of 2013 but output per worker rose slightly. Market sector output per hour decreased by 0.1% over this period.

  • Output per hour decreased by 0.6% in the manufacturing sector in the third quarter
    but declined by 1.2% in the broader production sector. Output per hour in the service sector was unchanged in Q3.
  • Following a period in 2012 when the labour market grew more strongly than output, and productivity therefore fell, 2013 has so far seen output, employment and hours rising steadily, and productivity has been more stable.
  • Whole economy unit labour costs decreased by 0.8% in 2013 Q3, reflecting the impact of the high level of bonus payments that were included in the previous quarter, and were 1.3% higher than a year earlier. Manufacturing unit wage costs decreased by 0.3% in Q3 and were 0.7% higher than a year earlier.
  • New regional estimates for 2012 show that the value of economic output per hour was highest in the London region and lowest in Northern Ireland.
  • A productivity statistics user group meeting will be held in London on 28 January 2014.
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.
Content from the Office for National Statistics.
© Crown Copyright applies unless otherwise stated.