01 December 2021
We have identified and corrected an error with the way employment costs were calculated for the aggregation of services industries. This has impacted the calculations of unit labour costs and average labour compensation per hour worked for the services industries aggregation from Quarter 2 (April to June) 2020 onwards. When deducting subsidies from employment costs, the amounts to be deducted were miscalculated, due to the wrong industry aggregation being used.
A similar error was found in the calculation of unit wage costs in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing subsidies were miscalculated due to a human error, which affects the ‘Manufacturing’ from Quarter 2 (April to June) 2020 onwards.
07 October 2021
As part of Blue Book 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) faced some challenges in reconciling the industry-level gross value added (GVA) quarterly trends to the new annual data. This is particularly pronounced in the production industries. See information in the gross domestic product (GDP) low level aggregates dataset for more information. This has resulted in some volatility in the back series of our productivity estimates for some industries.