Labour Productivity Statistics
Quarter 4 2018
An Official Statistics Publication For Scotland
Date: 8 May 2019
This publication includes estimates of labour productivity for Scotland’s onshore economy up to the
fourth quarter of 2018 (October-December).
Full Publication (pdf)
Summary of Key Results (pdf)
Data in this release
Labour Productivity Tables (xlsx dataset)
- In 2018 Quarter 4, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year.
- Compared to the previous quarter, labour productivity is estimated to have grown by 0.5% in 2018 Quarter 4, following zero growth (0.0%) in the previous quarter.
- In 2018, annual labour productivity increased by 3.8% compared to 2017, following decreases of 0.3% in 2017 and 1.3% in 2016.
What's included in this release?
This publication contains a brief summary of the key results from the latest productivity statistics, focussing in on the headline measures of change in output per hour worked.
The key results are presented in real terms, i.e. where the effect of price changes has been removed to allow for meaningful comparisons over time. Estimates are for Scotland’s onshore economy.
The topical section in this release presents new analysis which helps to break down the growth in productivity based on changes within industries and the labour force.
In response to user demand, a more detailed breakdown of labour productivity statistics has been developed and published alongside the 2018 Quarter 4 release. Industry Section Level Breakdown of Labour Productivity Statistics (.xlsx)
Correction 9 May 2019: The output per job series for Government Services in Tables X1 and X2 were initially published as duplicates of the Other Services results. This has now been corrected. This did not reflect errors in the underlying data or in any other results in the publication. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Correction 14 August 2019: An error was discovered in the calculation used for the reported annual average productivity growth for Scotland for the years 2007-2018. Average growth over this period was 0.9% per year instead of the 0.7% reported. (Users should note that this result has been further updated due to revisions in the 2019 Q1 estimates and now stands at 1.0% per year if calculated using the latest data) This did not reflect errors in the underlying data or in any other results in the publication. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.