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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.
|Year||Sawmills||Pulp & paper||Wood-based
|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.
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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