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Forestry Statistics 2016 - 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 7.5 thousand full time equivalent staff employed by primary wood processors in the UK in 2015 (Table 7.2), a 1% decrease from the total for 2014.

Around three fifths (58%) of the total employment in 2015 worked in sawmills and over one quarter (28%) worked in wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2011-2015

Year

Sawmills

Pulp & paper

Wood-based
panels

Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

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

2015

4 341

702

2 100

384

7 527

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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