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Labour Productivity, Q1 2015

Labour Productivity, Q1 (Jan to Mar) 2015

  • UK labour productivity as measured by output per hour grew by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter. This measure is 1.3% higher than the same period in 2014, the fastest annual growth since Q1 2012.
  • Whole economy unit labour costs decreased by 0.6% on the quarter and were 0.9% higher than a year ago. Growth of labour costs per hour remains subdued.
  • Output per hour in the manufacturing and production sectors fell on the quarter and on the year.
  • Output per hour grew in the services sector, though estimates of individual service industries were more mixed.
  • New for this release is an Industry Spotlight section, focusing on productivity in Information and communication services. This shows a pronounced slowdown in productivity in telecommunications services in recent years, after very strong growth prior to the economic downturn.

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