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Data sources and methodology
Statistics on employment are obtained from:
Statistics for accidents to employees are obtained from Health & Safety Executive statistics for Great Britain, available at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics.
Numbers of businesses are estimated from:
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
The Annual Business Survey (Annual Business Inquiry prior to 2009), statistics on health and safety and statistics on VAT and/or PAYE registrations classify businesses by UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. Detailed information on the SIC is available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/methodology/classificationsandstandards/ukstandardindustrialclassificationofeconomicactivities/uksic2007.
Businesses are classified to SIC codes according to their main activity. The SIC codes are revised periodically to take account of changes in the global economy. The following codes from SIC 2003 and SIC 2007 have been used in this edition of Forestry Statistics:
Standard Industrial Classification
|Title||SIC 2003||SIC 2007|
|Forestry||02 (forestry, logging & related services)||02 (forestry and logging)|
|Wood products||20 (manufacture of wood and wood products)||16 (manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw ans plaiting materials)|
|Sawmilling||20.1 (sawmilling and planing of wood, impregnation of wood)||16.1 (sawmilling and planing of wood)|
|Panels||20.2 (manufacture of veneer sheets, manufacture of plywood, laminboard, particleboard and other panels and boards)||16.21 (manufacture of veneer sheets and wood-based panels);|
|Secondary products||Other SIC 20 (manufacture of builders' carpentry and joinery, wooden containers, and other products of wood, straw and plaiting materials)||Other SIC 16 (manufacture of assembled parquet floors, other builders' carpentry and joinery, wooden containers, and other products of wood, straw and plaiting materials)|
|Pulp, paper & paper products||21 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard).||17 (manufacture of paper and paper products)|
|Pulp & paper||21.1 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products)||17.1 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard)|
|Articles of paper & paperboard||21.2 (manufacture of articles of paper and paperboard)||17.2 (manufacture of articles of paper and paperboard)|
|Total wood processing||SIC 20 + SIC 21||SIC 16 + SIC 17|
|Total primary wood processing||SIC 20.1 + SIC 20.2 + SIC 21.1||SIC 16.1 + SIC 16.21 + SIC 17.1|
In addition figure 7.1, covering accidents to employees, also uses the following SIC 2003/2007 codes:
The forestry and wood processing businesses covered by the Annual Business Survey (Table 7.1), accidents to employees (Table 7.3) and VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses (Table 7.5) differ from those covered by the timber industry surveys and enquiries (Chapter 2, Tables 7.2 and 7.4), as follows:
Reporting requirements for accidents have changed, with absences of at least 3 days to be reported until March 2012 and absences of at least 7 days to be reported from April 2012. As a result, accident data from 2012-13 are not fully consistent with figures for earlier years.
Statistics on employment and businesses obtained from others are subject to revision whenever the source data are revised.
Statistics from timber industry surveys and enquiries are subject to revision whenever the timber statistics are revised (see relevant pages within the Sources chapter for further information on revisions to industry surveys and enquiries). The revisions made to the sawmill survey and the survey of round fencing manufacturers have resulted in:
The Forestry Commission’s revisions policy sets out how revisions and errors to these statistics are dealt with, and can be found at: www.forestresearch.gov.uk/documents/4355/FCrevisions.pdf.
For further information, please refer to our Employment statistics page at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/statistics-by-topic/other-topics/employment-statistics/.
For information on the release schedules of statistics produced by others, see relevant websites (above).
"Forestry Statistics 2019" and "Forestry Facts & Figures 2019" will be released on 26 September 2019.
Chapter 7: Employment & Businesses
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