Number of Letters
Per Postal Worker
The productivity of national posts, as expressed by the number of business
and personal letters per postal worker, varies widely, while the U.S. Postal
Service averages more than twice the letter productivity of number two Korea
United States leads the category by a wide margin, with nearly 250,000 letters
per postal worker in 2008, among the countries in the Consumer Postal Council's
Index of Postal Freedom. That's nearly 140,000 letters per worker (full-time
and part-time) more than the next country, South Korea.
United States has the largest postal market in the world -- which more than
counterbalances its sizeable workforce. From 2004-2008, the number of letters
per worker in the United States increased 3.7 percent. But the sharp declines
in mail volume that began during the first half of
2008 actually caused a net decrease in letters
per worker between 2004 and 2010, despite the U.S. Postal Service reducing its
workforce by more than 93,000 employees.
countries, 15 of 23 analyzed, saw the average number of letters per postal
worker grow between 2004 and 2008. Seven of these countries notched
double-digit decreases. South Korea's decline in letters per employee was the
smallest, at just over 4 percent. Only Mexico posted a double-digit increase in
letters per worker during this period.
productivity has declined the most -- by more than 46 percent. In Russia, the number
of letters per worker in 2008 was just 2,878. The country's postal workforce
has increased by more than 110,000 since 2004 even as letter volume has
declined by more than 89 million.
indicator correlated poorly with population density, and only slightly with better
China, India, and
Indonesia ranked just above Egypt and Russia with the fewest letters per postal
worker studied. In China, the number of letters per employee declined by more
than 42 percent between 2004 and 2008.
with the United States, South Korea and Great Britain posted more than 100,000
letters per postal worker. Israel and the Netherlands rounded out the top five
countries with the most letters per postal employee.
Universal Postal Union