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Forestry Statistics 2014

Employment & Businesses

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This chapter contains information on:

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

All of the statistics presented in this chapter relate to UK totals. 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. Some of the figures on employment (Tables 7.1 and 7.2), on health and safety (Table 7.3 and Figure 7.1) and on establishments in primary wood processing industries (Table 7.4) have been revised since Forestry Statistics 2013. 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 2012 of 15 thousand in forestry and 26 thousand in primary wood processing.
  • 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, a 1% increase on the total for 2012.
  • Accident rates in forestry and wood products have tended to decline in recent years, but are still higher than the averages in agriculture and manufacturing respectively.
  • There were 247 establishments in the primary wood processing industries in the UK using UK-grown roundwood in 2013.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2014