The Intelligence: Puzzling productivity

Intelligence Puzzling Productivity

The UK’s jobs market has been incredibly strong over the past few years, with figures from the ONS showing record high rates of employment and the lowest unemployment rates since the mid-1970s.

But while the UK has a relatively strong labour market compared with the rest of the G7, according to comparisons from the OECD, the productivity of that labour is relatively low. According to the ONS, in 2016 the gap between the UK’s productivity and that of the other six G7 countries, in terms of GDP output per hour worked, was 16.3%. The gap widens to 26.2% when...

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