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Pandemic Service Sector Growth Rate Averages 1.2% Per Month

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Research from Ezra, the leading provider of digital coaching, has revealed which service industries have best negotiated the COVID-19 landscape and which are still feeling the pinch.

Ezra analysed ONS data on sector performance based on the movement in the volume of output across the UK service industry since the start of the pandemic in January 2020.

The research shows that as a whole, growth across the UK services sector has averaged 1.2% per month despite the problematic landscape posed by the pandemic.

The education services industry has seen the strongest performance, with the average rate of growth hitting 1.6% per month.

Transportation and storage has also performed well growing by 1.4% per month on average, with automotive wholesale and retail repair (1.3%) and human health and social work (1.2%) also seeing an average rate of growth in excess of one per cent per month.

However, not all service industry sectors have performed as well with the ‘activities of households as employers’ sector seeing the largest decline, down –1.9% per month on average.

The information and communication sector has also seen an average monthly decline of -0.5%, with services classed as ‘other service activities’ declining by –0.2% per month on average.

Table shows the average monthly growth across each service industry during the pandemic
SectorAve monthly growth Covid so far (January 2020–April 2021) %


Transportation and storage


Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles


Human health and social work activities


Administrative and support services activities


Professional, scientific and technical activities


Accommodation and food service activities


Public administration and defence; compulsory social security


Real estate activities


Arts, entertainment and recreation


Financial and insurance activities


Other service activities


Information and communication


Activities of households as employers


Services overall


Data sourced from the Office for National Statistics – Index of Services

Founder of Ezra, Nick Goldberg, commented: ‘The services sector has arguably been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, but it’s interesting to see how this impact differs across each sub-sector.

‘For example, an early reopening of the property industry and the additional boost of a stamp duty holiday has led to a property market boom, yet the average monthly growth of the sector trails accommodation and food services which has arguably endured one of the hardest periods of uncertainty.’

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