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Productivity

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the productivity of the UK workforce was in each year since 1992. (100237)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 7 November 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the productivity of the UK workforce was in each year since 1992. I am replying in her absence. (100237)

The usual measure is the seasonally adjusted whole economy output per worker index. The currently available series of index numbers is referenced on 2003 = 100. The table below gives annual figures for 1992 to 2005 inclusive and quarterly figures for the two quarters of 2006 that are available.

In calculating output per worker, the measure of output used is the short-term output measure Gross Value Added (GVA) at basic prices. The measure used for number of workers is Labour Force Survey (LFS) workers.

Whole economy output per worker, 1992-2006

Output per worker 1

1992

80.7

1993

83.5

1994

86.2

1995

87.3

1996

88.8

1997

89.9

1998

92.1

1999

93.6

2000

96.1

2001

97.3

2002

98.3

2003

100.0

2004

102.2

2005

103.3

2006

Quarter 1

104.3

Quarter 2

105.0

1 Seasonally adjusted (2003 = 100)