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Forestry Statistics 2014 - 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 2013 (Table 7.2). This represents a 1% increase from the total for 2012, but remains lower than in 2010 and 2011.

Over one half (56%) of the total employment in 2013 worked in sawmills and over one quarter (29%) worked in wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2009-2013

Year

Sawmills

 Pulp & paper

 Wood-based
panels

 Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

2009

3 806

820

2 225

405

7 256

2010

4 108

745

2 343

396

7 592

2011

4 095

725

2 376

397

7 593

2012

4 136

716

2 076

370

7 298

2013

4 140

716

2 111

381

7 349

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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