Forestry Statistics 2007 - Employment & Businesses

Employment: Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)

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The Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) includes statistics on employment broken down by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). In wood processing, SIC 20 (wood products) and SIC 21 (pulp and paper) have a much wider scope than the Forest Employment Survey (tables 6.2 to 6.4), as they include primary processing of imported material and also some secondary processing. The ABI was extended to include forestry in 2001; SIC 02 (forestry) has a narrower scope than in the Forest Employment Survey, as it does not include activities like timber haulage and government administration.

Employment reported by the ABI is shown in Table 6.1 (average employment in the year). From 2001 to 2005, employment declined by almost one quarter in primary wood processing.

Table 6.1 Employment in Forestry and Wood Processing2, 2001-2005

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

thousands

SIC 02: Forestry

13

14 12 13

12

SIC 20: Wood products

20.1 Sawmilling

13

13 11 11

10

20.2 Panels

7

7 6 6

6

Other SIC 20 Secondary products

70

74 71 71

69

Total

90 94 88 88 85

SIC 21: Pulp & paper

21.1 Pulp & paper

19 17 17 17 14

21.2 Articles of paper & paperboard

76 75 69 66 62

Total

95 93 86 83 76

Total wood processing (SIC 20 + 21)

185 187 174 171 161

Total primary wood processing (SIC 20.1 + 20.2 + 21.1)

39

37 34 34

30

Source: Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2007)

Notes:

1. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories are:
02 (forestry, logging & related services);
20.1 (sawmilling and planing of wood, impregnation of wood);
20.2 (manufacture of veneer sheets, manufacture of plywood, laminboard, particleboard and other panels and boards);
Other SIC 20 (manufacture of builders' carpentry and joinery, wooden containers, and other products of wood, straw and plaiting materials);
21.1 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard).
21.2 (manufacture of articles of paper and paperboard).

2. Excludes other wood-using industries.


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