Labour productivity in the United Kingdom as measured by output per hour fell 1.2% on quarter in the three months to September 2021, the first decline in three quarters and following a small 0.1% rise in the previous period, preliminary estimates showed. Total hours worked in the economy increased by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter because of falling furlough levels and there was some re-allocation of activity away from lower-productivity industries in favour of higher-productivity industries. Meanwhile, total productivity was 0.5% above levels prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The within-industry productivity growth contribution increased slightly and remained close to pre-pandemic levels, suggesting there does not yet appear to be a long-lasting negative productivity effect of the pandemic. source: Office for National Statistics

Productivity in the United Kingdom averaged 75.74 points from 1971 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 105.50 points in the third quarter of 2020 and a record low of 43.30 points in the first quarter of 1971. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Productivity - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Productivity - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2021.

Productivity in the United Kingdom is expected to be 102.10 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Productivity is projected to trend around 102.70 points in 2022 and 102.90 points in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Productivity


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-10-07 08:30 AM Labour Productivity QoQ Final Q2 0.1% 0.6% -0.5%
2021-11-16 07:00 AM Labour Productivity QoQ Prel Q3 -1.2% 0.1% 0.5%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.50 percent Sep/21
Unemployed Persons 2063.10 2078.00 Thousand Oct/21
Employed Persons 32523.00 32416.00 Thousand Aug/21
Part Time Employment 8024.00 7976.00 Thousand Aug/21
Full Time Employment 24500.00 24440.00 Thousand Aug/21
Claimant Count Change -14.90 -51.10 Thousand Oct/21
Employment Rate 75.40 75.30 percent Aug/21
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.90 78.90 percent Aug/21
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.70 12.20 percent Aug/21
Labour Costs 107.30 110.10 points Jun/21
Productivity 101.70 101.60 points Jun/21
Job Vacancies 1172.00 1108.00 Thousand Sep/21
Wages 584.00 582.00 GBP/Week Sep/21
Wages in Manufacturing 638.00 639.00 GBP/Week Sep/21
Wage Growth 5.80 7.20 percent Sep/21
Population 67.20 66.80 Million Dec/20
Non Farm Payrolls 29180.00 28973.00 Thousand Sep/21
Employment Change 247.00 235.00 Thousand Aug/21
Average Weekly Hours 31.60 31.50 Hours Aug/21

News Stream
UK Labour Productivity Falls in Q3
Labour productivity in the United Kingdom as measured by output per hour fell 1.2% on quarter in the three months to September 2021, the first decline in three quarters and following a small 0.1% rise in the previous period, preliminary estimates showed. Total hours worked in the economy increased by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter because of falling furlough levels and there was some re-allocation of activity away from lower-productivity industries in favour of higher-productivity industries. Meanwhile, total productivity was 0.5% above levels prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The within-industry productivity growth contribution increased slightly and remained close to pre-pandemic levels, suggesting there does not yet appear to be a long-lasting negative productivity effect of the pandemic.
2021-11-16
UK Q2 Productivity Revised Higher
Labor productivity in the UK as measured by output per hour rose 0.1 percent on quarter in April-June 2021, compared with a preliminary estimate of a 0.5 percent drop and following a revised 0.6 percent increase in the previous three-month period. Services productivity increased 0.8 percent, led by sharp gains in accommodation and food services (28.7 percent), government services (9.2 percent), and wholesale and retail trade (6.0 percent). This advance was partially offset by a 2.0 percent decline in manufacturing productivity. Within manufacturing, sharp falls were seen in productivity at chemicals, pharmaceuticals (-12.3 percent) and transport equipment (-8.7 percent), while rises were reported for textiles, wearing apparel and leather (10.1 percent) and machinery and equipment (9.5 percent). Output per worker grew by 5.2 percent quarter-on-quarter.
2021-10-07
UK Labor Productivity Drops in Q2
Labor productivity in the UK as measured by output per hour fell 0.5 percent on quarter in April-June 2021, following a revised 0.4 percent increase in the previous three-month period. Hours worked rose by 5.4 percent, while gross value added increased by 4.8 percent over the same period, likely because of the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, leading furloughed workers (who are disproportionately employed in less productive industries) to return to work. Output per hour grew by 3.1 percent quarter-on-year, but this comparison is with the low-point of productivity during the initial effects that the coronavirus pandemic had on the economy.
2021-08-17

United Kingdom Productivity
In the United Kingdom, Productivity is the real value of output produced by a unit of labor during a certain time.