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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Employment & Businesses

Employment: Annual Business Survey (ABS)

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The Annual Business Survey (ABS), 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 2013 of 14 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, 2009-2013

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2009 

2010201120122013
thousands

Forestry

14

14

 14

15

14

Wood products

 

       

     Sawmilling

9

9

 8

8

8

     Panels

4

 5

 4

5

5

     Secondary products

50

 62

 46

53

51

     Total

63 76  58 66  64

Pulp, paper & paper products

         

     Pulp & paper

13 13 13 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

51 41 45 45 41

     Total

 64 54  58  58  54

Total wood processing

 127 130  116  124  118

Total primary wood processing

26

27

 25

 26

 26

Source: Annual Business Survey - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2015)

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 2013 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from 2008 figures.

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