Cookies: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
House of Commons Hansard
x
23 March 2010
Volume 508
The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the mean change was in (a) public and (b) private sector productivity in each year since 1997. [322913]

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the mean change was in (a) public sector and (b) private sector productivity in each year since 1997 (322913).

Public sector productivity growth rates are available from the ONS Public Service Productivity articles at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

These are experimental statistics. They include all services funded by the public sector whether or not they are produced by the public sector. Hence the concept of output is gross output, not value added. Public sector productivity growth estimates are produced on a multi-factor basis; the concept of input includes intermediate consumption, capital and labour. Table 1 contains the latest statistics available for public sector productivity.

Productivity estimates are not available for the private sector but experimental statistics are produced for the Market Sector and are available from the ONS quarterly release on Productivity. The market sector includes almost all market activity and excludes most non-market activity, in particular that of general government. The measurement includes public corporations. Market Sector estimates are produced on an output per worker basis from 1991 onwards and an output per hour basis from 1999 onwards basis. Table 2 contains the latest statistics available for market sector productivity.

Table 1: Total public service output, input and productivity estimate, 1997 to 2007 United Kingdom, percentage change from 1997

Period

Volume of output

Volume of input

Productivity

1997

0.0

0.0

0.0

1998

1.6

1.4

0.2

1999

3.7

4.1

-0.4

2000

7.4

8.9

-1.4

2001

10.8

12.0

-1.1

2002

15.8

18.7

-2.4

2003

20.7

25.5

-3.8

2004

25.1

30.5

-4.1

2005

28.5

34.6

-4.5

2006

31.9

37.0

-3.7

2007

33.6

38.0

-3.2

Mean

2.9

3.3

-0.3

Table 2: Market sector productivity quarter on same quarter a year ago growth experimental , United Kingdom

Period

Output per worker

Output per hour

1997 Q1

1.5

1997 Q2

1.2

1997 Q3

1.5

1997 Q4

2.6

1998 Q1

3.1

1998 Q2

3.8

1998 Q3

3.6

1998 Q4

3.0

1999 Q1

2.4

1999 Q2

2.5

1999 Q3

2.9

1999 Q4

3.0

2000 Q1

3.6

2000 Q2

3.7

4.4

2000 Q3

3.0

4.0

2000 Q4

2.7

3.0

2001 Q1

2.6

1.7

2001 Q2

1.5

1.0

2001 Q3

1.7

1.2

2001 Q4

1.0

2.1

2002 Q1

0.9

1.7

2002 Q2

0.9

3.0

2002 Q3

1.3

2.3

2002 Q4

1.6

2.5

2003 Q1

1.3

2.4

2003 Q2

2.1

2.0

2003 Q3

2.0

2.8

2003 Q4

3.1

3.9

2004 Q1

3.1

3.4

2004 Q2

3.4

4.0

2004 Q3

2.6

3.2

2004 Q4

2.0

1.0

2005 Q1

1.4

0.7

2005 Q2

1.4

1.7

2005 Q3

1.6

1.2

2005 Q4

2.2

2.3

2006 Q1

2.8

3.2

2006 Q2

2.0

1.8

2006 Q3

2.0

2.5

2006 Q4

1.7

2.2

2007 Q1

2.5

2.3

2007 Q2

2.5

1.9

2007 Q3

2.7

2.5

2007 Q4

1.7

2.6

2008 Q1

1.0

0.7

2008 Q2

0.4

1.7

2008 Q3

-0.5

-0.3

2008 Q4

-2.5

-2.2

2009 Q1

-5.6

-3.0

2009 Q2

-5.1

-4.5

2009 Q3

-4.6

-3.2