Labour Productivity Statistics, 2019 Quarter 1

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Estimates of labour productivity for Scotland’s onshore economy up to the first quarter of 2019 (January-March) were announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Key figures in the latest release are:

  • In 2019 Quarter 1, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 1.1% in real terms (inflation adjusted) compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Compared to the previous quarter, labour productivity is estimated to have grown by 0.4% in 2019 Quarter 1, following growth of 0.2% in the previous quarter.
  • This publication also includes estimates of output per job and current price productivity measures (not adjusted for inflation). Experimental estimates of labour productivity by industry are also available online.

The Labour Productivity statistics are available at: 

Labour productivity measures the average amount of economic output that is produced by a unit of labour input (measured in this release in terms of jobs and hours worked).

Labour productivity is a derived statistic. This means that it is not directly estimated, but is based on separate estimates for economic output and labour input. Labour input measures in this release are consistent with NUTS1 results for countries and regions published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Output (GVA) statistics are consistent with Scottish Government GDP Quarterly National Accounts statistics.

Further information on Scottish economic statistics is available at 

The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

More information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: 


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