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Employment: Annual Business Survey (ABS)

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 2014 of 16 thousand in forestry and 27 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) (Table 7.1).

Table 7.1 Employment in forestry and wood processing2, 2010-2014

Standard Industrial Classification
(SIC)1

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
thousands

Forestry

14

14

15

14

16

Wood products

Sawmilling

9

8

8

8

9

Panels

5

4

5

5

5

Secondary products

62

46

53

51

65

Total

76 58 66 64 79

Pulp, paper & paper products

Pulp & paper

13 13 13 13 13

Articles of paper & paperboard

41 45 45 41 45

Total

54 58 58 54 58

Total wood processing

130 116 124 118 137

Total primary wood processing

27

25

26

26

27

Source: Annual Business Survey – average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, June 2016)

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 2010 to 2014 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from 2008 figures.

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