UK productivity as measured by output per hour worked in Q4 was 2.6% above pre-pandemic level, up 1.3% from Q3; output per worker increased by 1.4% quarter-on-quarter, rose above 2019 level for first time since the pandemic began: ONS

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LONDON , April 7, 2022 (press release) –

The main findings from official statistics and analysis of UK productivity, presenting a summary of recent developments.

Main points
Labour productivity

  • Output per hour was 2.6% higher than the average level in 2019, prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, growing by 1.3% in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2021.
  • Output per worker increased by 1.4% in Quarter 4 2021 to rise above 2019 levels for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Multifactor productivity

  • In Quarter 4 2021, multifactor productivity (MFP) was slightly below the 2019 pre-coronavirus pandemic average.
  • Gross value added (GVA) grew faster than capital and labour inputs in 2021, resulting in 0.7% annual MFP growth compared with the previous year.

Public service productivity

  • Public service productivity continued to rise in Quarter 4 2021; output grew by 2.1%, while growth in inputs was 0.8%.
  • The increase in COVID-19 testing and booster vaccinations towards the end of 2021 was a major contributor to public service output.
  • Annual public service productivity is estimated to have risen by 9.0% in 2021, following a fall of 13.1% in 2020.

This release covers the latest estimates for Labour, Multifactor and Public Service Productivity.

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