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Forestry Statistics 2013 - 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 7.3 thousand full time equivalent staff employed by primary wood processors in the UK in 2012 (Table 7.2). Over one half (57%) of this total were employed by sawmills and around one quarter (28%) by wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2008-2012

Year

Sawmills

 Pulp & paper

 Wood-based
panels

 Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

2008

3 743

797

 2 440

364

7 344

2009

3 819

820

2 225

369

7 233

2010 

4 146

745

2 343

360

7 594

2011 

4 133

725

2 376

361

7 595

2012

4 174

716

2 076

334

7 300

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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