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Productivity

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Lord Sharkey Lord Sharkey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how output per hour worked in the United Kingdom compares with output per hour worked in each of the other G7 countries for each year or part year since 1997 for which there are data are available.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Peter Fullerton, Director, Data Collection, Office for National Statistics to Lord Sharkey dated October 2014

On behalf of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking Her Majesty’s Government how output per hour worked in the United Kingdom compares with output per hour worked in each of the other G7 countries for each year or part year since 1997 for which there are data available. (HL2353)

Annual comparisons of labour productivity between the UK and the G7 economies in levels terms are published biannually on the ONS website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/icp/international-comparisons-of-productivity/index.html

Table 1 from the latest edition of this release, published on 17 October 2014, is attached below. This shows estimates of output per hour worked in each of the other G7 countries for each year up to 2013 in terms of an index where UK output per hour worked equals 100. For example, in 2013, output per hour worked in the US was estimated to be 30 percentage points higher than output per hour worked in the UK, and output per hour worked in Japan was estimated to be 15 percentage points lower than that in the UK.

International Comparisons of Productivity, Estimates, 2013
Table 1: Current price GDP per hour worked
UK=100
Canada France Germany Italy Japan* UK US G7 G7 exc. UK
1990 113 127 123 90 100 131
1991 112 126 130 122 92 100 131 117 119
1992 109 122 127 118 88 100 128 114 116
1993 106 118 122 117 87 100 122 111 112
1994 105 118 122 118 85 100 121 110 111
1995 104 120 124 121 86 100 120 111 111
1996 101 116 122 116 84 100 119 109 110
1997 100 117 121 115 84 100 117 108 109
1998 101 119 119 116 82 100 119 108 109
1999 102 120 122 114 83 100 121 110 111
2000 97 119 117 110 80 100 116 107 107
2001 97 120 118 111 80 100 117 107 108
2002 93 121 117 103 80 100 115 105 106
2003 93 115 118 101 79 100 115 105 105
2004 92 112 118 97 79 100 116 105 105
2005 95 114 117 96 79 100 117 106 106
2006 93 115 116 96 77 100 114, 103 104
2007 94 117 119 99 79 100 116 106 106
2008 94 119 120 103 79 100 117 107 107
2009 95 122 120 104 79 100 121 109 110
2010 99 126 126 108 84 100 127 114 115
2011 98 126 127 107 83 100 126 113 114
2012 100 128 129 109 85 100 130 116 117
2013** 101 128 129 109 85 100 130 116 117

Sources, OECD, Office for National Statistics

* GDP estimates for Japan compiled on SNA1993 basis, others on SNA2008 basis. See ICP release for more detail.

** First estimates 2013

Note: Table to be read horizontally

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