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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 latest ABS survey was published in May 2019 and includes data to 2017. It recorded average employment in 2017 of 16 thousand in forestry and 27 thousand in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) (Table 7.1).
|Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017|
|Pulp, paper & paper products|
|Pulp & paper3||13||13||13||13||13|
|Articles of paper & paperboard||41||44||43||43||42|
|Total wood processing||118||136||125||137||129|
|Total primary wood processing||26||27||26||27||27|
Source: Annual Business Survey – average employment in year (Office for National Statistics, May 2019)
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 2013 to 2017 have been suppressed in the figures released by ONS. The figures shown here are estimated from 2008 figures.
Sources chapter: Employment and businesses
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