Turnover in Svalbard declined
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Industry statistics for Svalbard2012



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Turnover in Svalbard declined

Turnover for local KAUs operating in Svalbard declined by 7.5 per cent to NOK 3.2 billion from 2011 to 2012. Meanwhile, the number of FTEs rose 6.7 per cent to 1 642.

Svalbard. Industry statistics, by main industry (SIC2007)
Man-yearTurnover (NOK 1 000)
2012Percentage change from last year2012Percentage change from last year
Svalbard total1 642.26.73 205 884-7.6
Mining and quarrying404.05.3959 820-33.0
Manufacturing; Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities29.61.4::
Construction208.922.3528 53835.4
Wholesale and retail trade: repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles106.50.8388 15511.7
Transportation and storage102.2-1.4257 4760.9
Accommodation and food service activities184.7-2.6207 245-5.7
Information and communication50.30.4272 4485.0
Real estate activities3.846.273 192-4.7
Professional, scientific and technical activities43.427.627 91259.7
Administrative and support service activities148.88.5247 228-0.2
Public administration and defence78.8-4.811 264-12.8
Human health and social work activities71.413.312 08119.0
Arts, entertainment and recreation45.315.640 834-4.0
Other service activities9.51.15 81711.0

Mining and quarrying recorded the largest decrease in turnover, falling 33 per cent to NOK 959.8 million in 2012. Reduced activity in coal mining was largely responsible for the decline. According to the annual report for Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani AS, a fall in coal production and coal prices in the world market led to a drop in sales in 2012. Store Norske's total coal production fell to 1.2 million tonnes in 2012, from nearly 1.5 million tonnes in 2011.

Turnover in the building and construction industry had the highest increase in 2012, up by over NOK 138 million, or 35.3 per cent. The increase was a result of the establishment of a new major enterprise in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The mining and quarrying industry contributed 30 per cent of the total turnover in 2012. The corresponding share in 2011 was 41 per cent. Construction contributed 16.5 per cent of the total turnover in 2012; 5.2 percentage points higher than in 2011.

Increase in FTEs

The local KAUs operating in Svalbard performed a total of 1 642 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 2012, up by 103 compared with 2011. Meanwhile, total labour costs increased by NOK 96.6 million to more than NOK 1 billion. The greatest increase was found in construction, up by 38 FTEs. Employment within mining and quarrying increased by 21 FTEs in 2012, while wage costs increased by NOK 45.7 million. The number of FTEs within education increased to 155 in 2012, up by 17 compared with 2011, while the number of employees in human health and social work activities increased by 8 FTEs.

Employment gains in full-time positions

The number of full-time positions in Svalbard rose by 109 from 2011 to 2012. This offset job losses recorded in regular part-time positions, (-26) as well as in seasonal workers (-53) in 2012. Men held 71.3 per cent of full-time positions in 2012. The corresponding figure for regular part-time positions was 37.2 per cent, and 55.7 per cent for seasonal positions.

Investments increased as a whole

Industries in Svalbard invested for about NOK 612 million in 2012; up NOK 209 million, or 52 per cent from 2011. The largest increase was in mining and quarrying, where investment rose 123.3 per cent to approximately NOK 295 million in 2012, reflecting the development of Lunckefjell mining infrastructure and the construction of a clean-up plant in Svea mine to improve the quality of coal extracted.

Other economic activities with increased investment were the construction industry, and information and communication, financial and insurance activities. Both of these industries invested a total of over NOK 125 million, up NOK 62.2 million.

The biggest decline in investment was in manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities, where investment fell to NOK 8.4 million in 2012 from NOK 27.4 million in 2011.

Decreased turnover for accommodation and food service activities

The turnover in accommodation and food service activities decreased from NOK 219.8 million in 2011 to NOK 207.2 million in 2012. The proportion of sales to other establishments in Svalbard accounted for 32 per cent of the total turnover from accommodation and food service activities in 2012. As regards sales of tourism products to tourists visiting Svalbard, this share was 42 per cent. Sales of tourism products to mainland Norway/abroad – both to firms and private persons- represented 15 per cent of the total turnover in accommodation and food service activities.

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