In the UK, there are 500,000 people in paid employment in the sector, accounting for almost 2% of the UK workforce.
There are around 200,000 organisations throughout the UK in public, private and voluntary sectors. Around 80% of the workforce are employed in small and micro businesses. The industry is said to be worth around 7 Biiilion pounds. 61% of which was produced by the sport and recreation industry. The outdoors was the smallest industry creating £365 million of output. Less than 10% was produced by the active leisure industry
89% of the workforce in England are employees and around10% self-employed, however, this can vary by sector. For example the caravan industry has 16% self-employment. The sector overall does have a significantly higher proportion of part-time workers .
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