Market Comparison #4 -- Operating Revenue per Employee
Revenue per Postal Worker
21, 2011 -- Posten, Sweden's national post, generated the greatest amount of
revenue per employee of 24 countries profiled in the U.S. Consumer Postal
Council's Index of Postal Freedom, according to 2008 data from the Universal
Postal Union. India Post, by contrast, had the lowest ratio of revenue per
U.S. Postal Service posted revenue of $100,550 per worker in 2008, which puts
it in the top third of countries profiled by the Index of Postal Freedom.
However, Sweden's post generated almost twice as much revenue per employee. The
United States has a postal workforce nearly 30 times larger than Sweden’s.
per worker at USPS has hovered near $100,000 since 2005, falling slightly below
that benchmark in 2010.
A reduction of 26
million workhours was also a driving factor behind a 2.2-percent increase in USPS's
Total Factor Productivity in 2010.
the 24 countries surveyed, 12 saw double-digit growth rates in operating
revenue per worker between 2005 and 2008, including an 81-percent increase in
Sweden and a 45-percent increase in France.
in operating revenue per worker for both Posten and France’s La Poste was even
better through 2009. The two national posts pared their workforces even as
their revenues increased. Swedish Posten's total
number of employees was roughly 10,000 fewer in
2009 than in 2005. La Poste cut about 28,000 people from its labor force
between 2005 and 2009.
four countries experienced a decline in revenue per worker in the same time
period, with Chile's 21-percent decline the most severe. Other countries that
witnessed declines include Canada, Great Britain, Korea, and Mexico. In 2009,
however, Great Britain's revenue per worker increased by nearly $14,000, or
about 17 percent, but failed to reach its 2007 high. South Korea experienced a
similar phenomenon, with revenue per worker jumping by more than $4,000, or
about 4 percent, in 2009.
Zealand, the Netherlands, South Korea, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden
all had ratios of operating revenue per worker above $100,000. At the other end
of the scale, India, Russia, and Indonesia all posted revenue of less than
$10,000 per worker.
Universal Postal Union