Forestry Statistics 2008 - 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).

Table 6.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2002-2006

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006
thousands

SIC 02: Forestry

141213

12

11

SIC 20: Wood products

          20.1 Sawmilling

131111

10

13

          20.2 Panels

766

6

5

          Other SIC 20 Secondary products

747171

69

67

          Total

9488888585

SIC 21: Pulp & paper

          21.1 Pulp & paper

1717171414

          21.2 Articles of paper & paperboard

7569666259

          Total

9386837674

Total wood processing (SIC 20 + 21)

187174171161159

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

373434

30

32

Source: Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2008)

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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