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Labour Productivity

What is Labour Productivity?

Labour Productivity measures the amount of economic output produced, on average, per unit of labour input and is an important indicator of economic performance within a country. More specifically, the statistics estimate output (Gross Value Added, GVA) produced per job filled and hour worked, and are presented in both real terms (inflation adjusted) and nominal terms (current prices).


Latest Release

Labour Productivity Statistics, 2019 Quarter 2 (6 November 2019)

This publicaton reports estimates of quarterly and annual labour productivity for the period between 1998 and 2019 Quarter 2 (April-June) covering total output in the onshore Scottish economy.

List of Tables
  • Table A: Real Terms Labour Productivity Indices: Whole Economy Output Per Hour and Output Per Job
  • Table B: Current Price Labour Productivity: Whole Economy Output Per Hour and Output Per Job
  • Table C: Labour Productivity Input Series: Whole Economy Jobs Filled and Hours Worked
  • Table D: UK Comparisons of Labour Productivity
  • Table R1: Revisions to Key Quarterly Productivity Statistics
  • Table R2: Revisions to Key Annual Productivity Statistics
  • Table X1: Annual Real Terms Labour Productivity by Broad Industry Group (experimental statistics)
  • Table X2: Annual Current Price Labour Productivity by Broad Industry Group (experimental statistics)

Supplementary Tables and Analysis

6 November 2019 - Industry Section Level Breakdown of Labour Productivity Statistics (.xlsx)

In response to user demand, a more detailed breakdown of labour productivity statistics has been developed. These experimental statistics are consistent with Table X1 and Table X2 in the main online tables.

The methods and data sources used in the production of these statistics are still in development and the results are subject to potential revision. Users should be aware that for smaller industries and with greater levels of detail, it becomes more likely that there are inconsistencies between the classification or estimation of output and labour inputs, meaning that estimates of apparent productivity may be less accurate than at the whole economy level.  


6 February 2019 International Comparisons of Productivity - Economy Indicator 2017 (.xlsx)

Scotland’s productivity rank among OECD member countries has been maintained in 2017. Scotland is ranked in the second quartile, in 16th position of 37 countries. There has been no change in ranking in the latest year, with the latest data showing Scotland at 16th in all years since 2007.

Scotland's rank for productivity amongst all OECD member states is one of 81 national indicators currently being reported on the Scottish Government's national performance website: