Forestry Statistics 2012 - Employment & Businesses

Employment in primary wood processing

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Information on employment in primary wood processing is obtained annually via the sources used to collect data on UK-grown timber (presented in Chapter 2).

There was estimated to be a total of 7.6 thousand full time equivalent staff employed by primary wood processors in the UK in 2011 (Table 7.2). Over one half (55%) of this total were employed by sawmills and a further one third (31%) by wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2008-2011

Year

Sawmills

 Pulp & paper

 Wood-based
panels

 Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

2008

3 751

797

 2 440

364

7 352

2009

3 827

820

2 225

369

7 241

2010 

4 174

745

2 343

360

7 622

2011 

4 165

725

2 376

361

7 627

Source: industry surveys, industry associations.

Notes:

1. Some businesses operate sawmills and round fencing mills. Employment for such businesses may be recorded under sawmills, round fencing manufacturers or shared between the two categories.

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