Forestry Statistics 2012

Employment & Businesses

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This chapter contains information on:

  • employment in forestry and wood processing;
  • health & safety; and
  • numbers of businesses.

Most statistics presented in this chapter relate to UK totals. However, estimates for England, Wales and Scotland are included, where possible, in addition to GB totals for results from the Forest Employment Survey. Further information on the data sources and methodology used to compile the figures is provided in the Sources chapter.

Most of the statistics presented in this chapter have been previously released. Statistics on health and safety (Table 7.6 and Figure 7.1) have been revised since Forestry Statistics 2011. For further details on revisions, see the Employment section of the Sources chapter.

A copy of all Employment & Businesses tables is available to download from the Tables for Download page.

Key findings

The main findings are:

  • The Annual Business Survey reported average employment in 2010 of 14 thousand in forestry and 29 thousand in primary wood processing.
  • 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. Over one half of this total was employed by sawmills and a further one third by wood-based panel mills.
  • Accident rates in forestry and primary wood processing have tended to decline in recent years, but are still higher than the averages in agriculture and manufacturing respectively.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2012