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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

This indicator shows the percentage change (latest year on previous year) in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Average) per capita at market prices.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the main measure of the size of the economy, representing the total value of all final goods and services produced in a defined time period. The ONS has published What is GDP? and GDP and me to explain what GDP is and how it relates to everyday life. Quality and methodology information for the UK GDP measure can be found here.

Available disaggregations
Other information

Data going back to 1956 are available from the UK Economic Accounts (see Sources tab).

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator, with the exception that values have not been converted to US dollars. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita

Target name

Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 8.1 opens in a new window

Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source UK Economic Accounts time series opens in a new window
Release date 30 March 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

The time series used for this indicator is N3Y6 in tab 1.1.5 (Gross domestic product at market prices, percentage change, latest year on previous year). To view earlier data you will need to unhide rows in the spreadsheet.