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Forestry Statistics 2017 - 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 2015 of 17 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, 2011-2015

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
thousands

Forestry

14

15

14

16

17

Wood products

         

     Sawmilling

8

8

8

9

8

     Panels

4

5

5

5

5

     Secondary products

46

53

51

65

56

     Total

58  66 64  79  69

Pulp, paper & paper products

         

     Pulp & paper

13 13 13 13 13

     Articles of paper & paperboard

45 45 41 44 43

     Total

58  58  54  57  56

Total wood processing

116  124  118  136  125

Total primary wood processing

25

26

26

27

26

Source: Annual Business Survey - average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2017)

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. Pulp and paper breakdowns for 2011 to 2015 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from 2008 figures.

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