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Forestry Statistics 2017 - 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 7.8 thousand full time equivalent staff employed by primary wood processors in the UK in 2016 (Table 7.2), a 4% increase from the total for 2015.

Around three fifths (57%) of the total employment in 2016 worked in sawmills and over one quarter (29%) worked in wood-based panel mills.

Table 7.2 Employment in primary wood processing, 2012-2016

Year

Sawmills

Pulp & paper

Wood-based
panels

Fencing

Total

full-time equivalents

2012

4 133

716

2 076

370

7 295

2013

4 133

716

2 111

381

7 342

2014

4 382

703

2 091

407

7 583

2015

4 319

702

2 100

361

7 483

2016

4 450

697

2 250

388

7 785

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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