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Labour Productivity Methods

Labour Productivity Statistics measure the amount of economic output produced (i.e. Gross Value Added, GVA), on average, by each job filled or hour worked in Scotland, both real terms (inflation adjusted) and current prices (nominal terms). The figures exclude extra-regio output (offshore oil and gas production).

Labour productivity estimates are derived statistics produced using simple calculations based on other statistics. The latest results are consistent with:

  • GDP Quarterly National Accounts Scotland
  • Regional 'Productivity Jobs' & 'Productivity Hours' (NUTS1) published alongside ONS Labour Productivity

The latest release contains estimates of real terms labour productivity for broad industry groups in Scotland. These estimates are currently classified as experimental official statistics and are based on the underlying data used for whole economy labour productivity reported in Table A of the Labour Productivity Statistics publication.

The methods used to produce estimates of how much output and total labour input are allocated between industry sectors are undergoing development and users should be aware that results may be revised in future releases if the methodology is significantly altered.


Methodology documents

Release Date Description Comments
14 Aug 2019 Labour Productivity User Guide 2019 This paper includes background notes and other information on productivity statistics for Scotland.
17 May 2017 Labour Productivity Statistics Methodology Guide 2016 

This paper describes the data sources and methods used to produce current releases of the statistics.

Previous versions
6 Feb 2019 Labour Productivity User Guide  
15 Feb 2017 Labour Productivity Statistics Methodology Guide 2015   
23 Apr 2014 Labour Productivity Statistics 1998-2012 (first release)  Methodology notes were included in the initial release of Scottish Government labour productivity statistics.