Forestry Statistics 2010 - UK Grown Timber

Sawmills - Larger Mills

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There were estimated to be 2,594 full time equivalent staff employed directly by sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 of sawnwood in 2009.  This represented a slight increase (3%) on the total for 2008, but was 8% lower than the figure for 2007.

Table 2.20 Larger mills1, 2009: sawmill employment

Employment type

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

full time equivalents

Direct

 

 

 

 

 

  Line & production workers

661

205

1 040

221

2 127

  Managerial & administrative staff

141

30

164

77

411

  Haulage of logs to the mill

40

1

9

5

55

  Total direct employment

842

236

1 213

303

2 594

Others2

         

  Line & production workers

17 11 26 1 55

  Managerial & administrative staff

3 0 6 1 10

Total contract employment

20 11 32 2 65

 Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

 

Table 2.20a Larger mills, 2006-2009: sawmill employment

Employment

Line & production workers

  Managerial & administrative
staff

Haulage of logs to the mill

        Total employment

full time equivalents

Direct

 

 

 

 

2006

2 312

401

91

2 804

2007

2 376

401

38

2 815

2008

2 077

387

47

2 511

2009

2 127

411

55

2 594

Others2

       

2006

48 3  .. 51

2007

52 6  .. 58

2008

31 8  .. 39

2009

55 10  .. 65

 Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.