Employment: Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)
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
SIC 02: Forestry
SIC 20: Wood products
Other SIC 20 Secondary products
SIC 21: Pulp & paper
21.1 Pulp & paper
21.2 Articles of paper & paperboard
Total wood processing (SIC 20 + 21)
Total primary wood processing (SIC 20.1 + 20.2 + 21.1)
Source: Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2008)
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.