The efficiency of the UK workforce calculated as output per worker, output per job and output per hour. Labour productivity is an important factor in determining the productive potential of the economy. Countries with strong labour productivity growth tend to benefit from high rates of growth and low inflation.
Labour productivity for Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2018, as measured by output per hour, grew by 0.2% compared with the same quarter a year ago; this was the weakest growth since Quarter 3 2016.
Whilst manufacturing industries experienced labour productivity growth of 1.7%, the significantly larger service sectors only achieved 0.1%.
Compared with the previous quarter, UK labour productivity is estimated to have decreased by 0.4% in Quarter 3 2018; the decrease in productivity reflected an increase in the number of actual hours worked, which outpaced output growth for the quarter.