25th March 03:50 AM
Steady increase in labour productivity growth rate under Bainimarama govt - Usamate
By Iva Danford
Tuesday 13/03/2018

There has been a steady increase in the labour productivity growth rate in Fiji and it is because of the Bainimarama government.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Jone Usamate in Parliament when asked by Fiji First MP, Alivereti Nabulivou on the mechanisms in place that Government is using in measuring or achieving productivity and how effective this has been.

Usamate says that the growth rates of labour productivity in 2005 to 2010 was 0.4% and from 2010 to 2015 it went up to 3.1%.

He says that the data from the Bureau of Statistics is fed to the Asian Productivity Organisation, and they come out with a report with their findings on the national productivity levels like labour productivity, capital productivity and total factor productivity.

He says the reports also produces statistics in productivity in different sectors like the agricultural sector, mining, manufacturing and construction.

The Minister says that the labour productivity statistics for these sectors are the ones that they use, when the ministry comes up with the wage regulation orders for the 10 different sectors.

Usamate says that the National Training Productivity Centre of FNU is currently doing a sectoral analysis of productivity, in 8 different sectors and the result will come out this year.

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