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How productive are workers in India, world? Find out

Last updated on: February 21, 2013 07:54 IST

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Global labour productivity growth is sluggish. The latest data from the Conference Board, a business-research firm, show productivity growth (measured by GDP per employed person) fell to 1.8 per cent in 2012 from 2.3 per cent in 2011, according to The Economist.

Let's take a look at how productive workers are in India and around the world.

Source: The Economist

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China

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 11.9 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 8.8 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 17 per cent

Overall rank: 1

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Image: Workers check on electricity pylon situated amid farmlands in Chuzhou, Anhui province, China.
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India

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 6.3 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 5.1 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 10 per cent

Overall rank: 2

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Image: A worker stands on scaffolding at the construction site of a bridge on the outskirts of Jammu.
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Spain

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): Minus 0.1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 2.1 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 75 per cent

Overall rank: 3

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Image: Workers pour concrete on a platform at the construction site of the Guadalhorce river viaduct for the Granada-Malaga high-speed train AVE line near Antequera, southern Spain.
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South Korea

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 3.1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 2 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 61 per cent

Overall rank: 4

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Image: Workers on a construction site in central Seoul.
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Russia

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 6.7 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 1.8 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 35 per cent

Overall rank: 5

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Image: Construction workers are seen on the bridge across the Golden Horn bay in Russia's far-eastern port of Vladivostok.
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The United States

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.7 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 1.6 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 100 per cent

Overall rank: 6

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Brazil

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.7 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 1.6 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 18 per cent

Overall rank: 7

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Image: A worker walks past cables at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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Australia

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 0.8 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 87 per cent

Overall rank: 8

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Image: Construction workers put the finishing touches to an apartment building in Sydney.
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Japan

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.8 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 0.2 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 71 per cent

Overall rank: 9

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Mexico

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.6 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 0.1 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 34 per cent

Overall rank: 10

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Image: Workers carry out works in the underground deep drainage tunnel system in Mexico City.
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France

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.5 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): 0.1 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 80 per cent

Overall rank: 11

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Germany

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 1.7 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): Minus 0.2 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 74 per cent

Overall rank: 12

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Image: Workers at the construction site of the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport Willy Brandt in Schoenefeld, Berlin.
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The United Kingdom

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 2.1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): Minus 0.4 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 78 per cent

Overall rank: 13

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Italy

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 0.1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): Minus 0.6 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 73 per cent

Overall rank: 14

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Image: Workers carry materials outside a construction site in downtown Milan.
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Greece

Average growth in productivity (2003-2007): 2.1 per cent

Average growth in productivity (2008-2012): Minus 1.9 per cent

GDP per worker compared to an American worker (2012): 60 per cent

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Overall rank: 15


Image: A construction worker in the town of Thebes, about 88km northwest of Athens.
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