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Forestry Statistics 2013 - 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, paper and paper products) have a much wider scope than the data on employment in primary wood processing (Table 7.2), as they include primary processing of imported material and also some secondary processing. 

The Annual Business Survey recorded average employment in 2011 of 14 thousand in forestry and 25 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) (Table 7.1).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2007-2011

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2007

2008

2009 

2010  2011
thousands

Forestry

13

12

14

14

14

Wood products

 

 

 

   

     Sawmilling

12

11

9

9

8

     Panels

5

5

4

 5

4

     Secondary products

69

63

51

 62

46

     Total

86 79 64 76  58

Pulp, paper & paper products

         

     Pulp & paper

12 13 13 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

54 51 51 41 45

     Total

67 64  64 54  58

Total wood processing

153 143  128 130  116

Total primary wood processing

29

29

26

27

 25

Source: Annual Business Survey/Annual Business Inquiry - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2009 and June 2013)

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories. 2007 data are based on SIC 2003; data for 2008 on are based on SIC 2007. Given the change in classifications, figures for 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 breakdowns for 2010 and 2011 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from the 2008 figures.

4. The forestry figure for 2011 has been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figure shown here is estimated from the 2010 figure.

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