Forestry Statistics 2009 - 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 2003). In wood processing, SIC 20 (wood products) and SIC 21 (pulp and paper) have a much wider scope than the data on employment in primary wood processing (table 7.2) and the Forest Employment Survey (tables 7.3 to 7.5), as they include primary processing of imported material and also some secondary processing. 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.

The Annual Business Inquiry recorded average employment in 2007 of 13 thousand in forestry and 29 thousand in primary wood processing.

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2003-2007

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003)1

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007
thousands

SIC 02: Forestry

121312

11

13

SIC 20: Wood products

     20.1 Sawmilling

111110

13

12

     20.2 Panels

666

5

5

     Other SIC 20 Secondary products

717169

68

69

     Total

8888858686

SIC 21: Pulp & paper

     21.1 Pulp & paper

1717141412

     21.2 Articles of paper & paperboard

6966625954

     Total

8683767467

Total wood processing (SIC 20 + 21)

174171161160153

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

343430

32

29

Source: Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2009)

Notes:

1. UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003) 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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