Labour productivity methods

Information on the methodology underlying the production of the Scottish Government's labour productivity statistics.

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).

At the level of the whole economy, 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, NSA) published alongside ONS Labour Productivity

The attached user guide includes background notes and other information on productivity statistics for Scotland.


Breakdowns of labour productivity by industry

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 labour input is 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.


Labour productivity user guide 2019


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