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 4 (Oct to Dec) 2018, as measured by output per hour, decreased by 0.1% compared with the same quarter a year ago; this is the second successive quarterly fall following the decrease of 0.2% seen for the previous quarter (Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2018).
Whilst services experienced labour productivity growth of 0.4%, manufacturing decreased by 1.1%.
Compared with the previous quarter, UK labour productivity is estimated to have grown by 0.3% in Quarter 4 2018; the increase in productivity reflected a slight decrease in the number of actual hours worked, whilst there was a larger increase in output growth for the quarter.
Estimates for measures of labour productivity using a balanced gross value added (GVA) approach for NUTS1, NUTS2 and NUTS3 subregions of the UK, selected city regions and English local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) up to 2017. Estimates are in both real and nominal terms.