As Fake Storm Gerald recedes, we see Scotland’s labour productivity grow and UK labour productivity fall

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In the first quarter of 2018, Scottish labour productivity increased by 1.7%. See this:

‘Additionally, this release contains a trend-based estimate of productivity growth. This indicates the underlying rate of change during the latest quarter by removing both seasonal and irregular (volatile) movements from the data. It is estimated that the trend in real output per hour worked increased by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2018.’

In the same period, UK labour productivity fell by 0.4%. See:

‘UK labour productivity is estimated to have fallen by 0.4% in the first three months of the year, as a result of continued strength in employment growth combined with weaker output growth; this is the first fall in output per hour since the second quarter of 2017.’

As always, here’s a list of other recent positive reports on the Scottish economy, to warm your cockles, or whatever, as the chill wind of fake Storm Gerald recedes:

63% fall in large business insolvencies as Scottish economy reveals strength

RBS and BoS report more good news on Scottish economy. When will it end?

Scottish onshore economy grows by at least double the rate of UK

Why this good news on the Scottish economy is reported but other examples are not

Reporting Scotland serial offender as it misses good news on Scotland’s economy three times in one day!

Getting on with the day-job? First Minister is in Brussels for 201st attempt to counter Tory Brexit damage to Scottish economy

More evidence of robust Scottish economy as hotel sector outperforms UK average

Robust Scottish Economy Indicator No. 47*: Demand for office space up 96%

Scottish hotels outperform those in rest of UK: STV report good news for Scotland’s economy but fail to understand it



7 thoughts on “As Fake Storm Gerald recedes, we see Scotland’s labour productivity grow and UK labour productivity fall

  1. johnrobertson834 August 23, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Haha. Thanks to a reader for pointing out that I’d written ‘Scottish Labour Productivity’ instead of ‘Scottish labour productivity.’ One of my daftest mistakes ever? What have Scottish Labour ever done for us?


    • Contrary August 23, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Haha, I did think you were writing about Labour when I saw the headline! Confused at first was I. But then, I’m confused most of the times these days.

      That holiday has done you the world of good John, you are on fire since coming back (blazing a trail type of on fire, not the burning to a crisp kind), I can barely keep up. So good to have the relief from the impending doom maestros on the radio again 😉

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      • johnrobertson834 August 23, 2018 / 10:00 pm

        Thanks Contrary. Seem to be lots of ideas around.


  2. Ludo Thierry August 23, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    As one fake storm recedes another real storm gathers – called ‘Clueless Westminster Brexit ‘ – As the cliff edge approaches (apols for mixing metaphors so liberally) we discover all sorts of curious nooks and crannies where avoidable brexit future difficulties and expense are lurking. Today on the Scottish Legal site there is a wee piece regarding some questions posed by Scottish Govt to the Faculty of Advocates – which have revealed real issues for Family Law in Scotland post-Brexit. Funny how The Colonel has never mentioned this as she spouts her ceaseless praise of May’s Brexit plan shambles: see edit below:

    Family law in Scotland will become less certain and probably more expensive after Brexit, the Faculty of Advocates believes.

    Replying to questions posed by the Scottish government, the Faculty said that current provisions in family law depended on reciprocity, which would be lost when the UK left the European Union.

    “In consequence it is one of those areas where European Union law cannot be transposed wholesale into domestic law and in which further action to deal with the consequences of the lack of reciprocity will be required,” stated the Faculty’s response.

    The Faculty welcomed an anticipated transitional period, under which current EU family law instruments would continue until the end of 2020.
    “There would be substantial benefits to retaining this regime in the longer term,” it added.

    Notice the Faculty’s careful language – “There would be substantial benefits to retaining this regime in the longer term,” – some might interpret this observation as veiled support for an Indy Scotland within the EU – Well done Faculty of Advocates – let’s have a few more of these home truths revealed by Institutional Scotland.

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  3. Ludo Thierry August 23, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Further encouraging snippet from the Scottish Legal site reporting on the Court of Session overturning a Home Office migration visa decision: see edit below:

    A Nigerian entrepreneur who was granted leave to remain in the UK has successfully challenged a Home Office decision to the effect that he was liable for removal over alleged breaches of his visa.

    The Court of Session quashed the decision after ruling that officials failed to properly exercise their discretion, having regard to the “extended hinterland” of the case.

    Is it my impression or are the Scottish Courts accepting more of these Westminster acting Ultra Vires type cases?

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  4. Alan Gordon August 23, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    The 0,4% drop in labour productivity was a UK figure, strip out the stonking increase in Scottish labour productivity and you’ll arrive at a figure nearer to a 0,55% drop.
    If I have that correct it may seem a touch harsh to point this out to our near southern neighbours but my legs are aching, trying to haul them up. It’s time they did it themselves, by their own bootstraps.

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