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Forestry Statistics 2014 - 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 2007). In wood processing, SIC 16 (wood products) and SIC 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 2012 of 15 thousand in forestry and 26 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) (Table 7.1).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2008-2012

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2008

2009 

201020112012
thousands

Forestry

12

14

14

 14

15

Wood products

 

 

     

     Sawmilling

11

9

9

 8

8

     Panels

5

4

 5

 4

5

     Secondary products

63

50

 62

 46

53

     Total

79 63 76  58  66

Pulp, paper & paper products

         

     Pulp & paper

13 13 13 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

51 51 41 45 45

     Total

64  64 54  58  58

Total wood processing

143  127 130  116  124

Total primary wood processing

29

26

27

 25

 26

Source: Annual Business Survey - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2014)

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) categories. 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 to 2012 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from 2008 figures.

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