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Forestry Statistics 2015 - 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 2014 (Table 7.2), a 3% increase from the total for 2013.

Around three fifths (58%) of the total employment in 2014 worked in sawmills and over one quarter (28%) worked in wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2010-2014

Year

Sawmills

 Pulp & paper

 Wood-based
panels

 Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

2010

4 103

745

2 343

396

7 587

2011

4 090

725

2 376

397

7 588

2012

4 131

716

2 076

370

7 293

2013

4 131

716

2 111

381

7 340

2014

4 380

703

2 091

407

7 581

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.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2015