UK labour productivity grew in the year’s second quarter but is still below average, says the Office for National Statistics.
Labour productivity grew by 1.4% between April and June compared with the same quarter a year ago.
The rate was due to output growth increasing 1.2%, lower job growth (just 0.9%) and a decline in the number of hours worked.
When compared with the first quarter of this year, output per hour increased by just 0.5%.
The ONS said the increase “remains well below the levels it would have achieved, had productivity growth continued at the pre-downturn rate”.