Forestry Statistics 2011 - Employment & Businesses

Employment: Annual Business Survey (ABS)

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The Annual Business Survey (ABS), formerly 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 Survey recorded average employment in 2009 of 14 thousand in forestry and 26 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2005-2009

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009
thousands

Forestry

12 11 13

12

14

Wood products

     

 

 

     Sawmilling

10 13 12

11

9

     Panels

6 5 5

5

4

     Secondary products

69 68 69

63

52

     Total

85 86 86 79 65

Pulp & paper

         

     Pulp & paper

14 14 12 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

62 59 54 51 51

     Total

76 74 67 64 64

Total wood processing

161 160 153 143 129

Total primary wood processing

30 32 29

29

26

Source: Annual Business Survey/ Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2009 and June 2011)

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories.  2005-2007 data are based on SIC 2003; data for 2008 on are based on SIC 2007.  Given the change in classifications, figures for 2008 and 2009 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.

3. Pulp and paper figures for 2009 are unavailable from the Annual Business Survey.  The figures shown here are estimated from the 2008 figures.

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