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Labour Productivity 2018 Quarter 4

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) 

Headline Results
  • 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. 

Supplementary Analysis

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.