Forestry Statistics 2010 - 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 2003/2007).  In wood processing, SIC 20/16 (wood products) and SIC 21/17 (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.  Forestry within the SIC classification 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 2008 of 12 thousand in forestry and 29 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2004-2008

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008
thousands

Forestry

13 12 11

13

12

Wood products

     

 

 

     Sawmilling

11 10 13

12

11

     Panels

6 6 5

5

5

     Secondary products

71 69 68

69

63

     Total

88 85 86 86 79

Pulp & paper

         

     Pulp & paper

17 14 14 12 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

66 62 59 54 51

     Total

83 76 74 67 64

Total wood processing

171 161 160 153 143

Total primary wood processing

34 30 32

29

29

Source: Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2009 and June 2010)

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories.  2004-2007 data are based on SIC 2003; 2008 data are based on SIC 2007.  Given the change in classifications, figures for 2008 may not be consistent with those for previous years.  Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page.

2.  Excludes other wood-using industries.

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