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Sawmill employment

There were estimated to be 3.2 thousand full-time equivalent staff employed directly by sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 of sawnwood in 2015 (Tables 2.19 and 2.19a). This represented a 3% decrease on the total for 2014, but was higher than in previous years.

Table 2.19 Larger mills1, 2015: sawmill employment
Employment type England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
UK
full-time equivalents
Direct
Line & production workers 875 248 1 336 251 2 710
Managerial & administrative staff 178 27 178 62 444
Haulage of logs to the mill 31 0 19 4 54
Total direct employment 1 084 275 1 533 317 3 208
Others2
Line & production workers 36 6 23 1 66
Managerial & administrative staff 1 0 0 0 1
Total contract employment 37 6 23 1 67

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

Table 2.19a Larger mills1, 2011-2015: sawmill employment
Employment Line & production workers Managerial & administrative
staff
Haulage of logs to the mill Total employment
full-time equivalents
Direct
2011 2 486 435 71 2 992
2012 2 573 426 67 3 065
2013 2 552 413 53 3 018
2014 2 805 440 57 3 302
2015 2 710 444 54 3 208
Others2
2011 86 3 .. 89
2012 69 1 .. 70
2013 108 2 .. 110
2014 127 2 .. 129
2015 66 1 .. 67

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

.. Denotes data not available.

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