Forestry Statistics 2012 - 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 2010 of 14 thousand in forestry and 29 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) (Table 7.1).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2006-2010

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2006

2007

2008

2009 

2010
thousands

Forestry

11 13

12

14 

14

Wood products

   

 

 

 

     Sawmilling

13 12

11

10

     Panels

5 5

5

 6

     Secondary products

68 69

63

52 

 60

     Total

86 86 79 65  76

Pulp & paper

         

     Pulp & paper

14 12 13 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

59 54 51 51 40

     Total

74 67 64  64 53

Total wood processing

160 153 143  129 129

Total primary wood processing

32 29

29

26 

29

Source: Annual Business Survey/Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2009 and June 2012)

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories. 2006-2007 data are based on SIC 2003; data for 2008 on are based on SIC 2007. Given the change in classifications, figures for 2006 and 2007 may not be consistent with those for subsequent years. Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page.

2.  Excludes other wood-using industries.

3. All pulp and paper figures for 2009 and the breakdown for 2010 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from the 2008 figures.

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