The "apparent productivity of labour" only takes account of the factor of labour as the resource used. The term "apparent" recalls the fact that productivity depends on all the production factors and on the way in which they are combined.
The apparent productivity of labour is usually measured by relating the wealth created to the labour factor :
- the wealth created is measured by the added value (evaluated in volume) ;
- only the volume of labour used in the production process is taken into account and can be quantified in several ways :
1. if the volume of work is measured by the number of hours worked, this gives the "apparent hourly productivity of labour" ;
2. if the volume of work is measured by the number of people employed (natural persons), this gives the "per capita productivity".