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Sawmill employment

There were estimated to be 2.9 thousand full-time equivalent staff employed directly by sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3of sawnwood in 2016 (Tables 2.19 and 2.19a). This represented a 4% increase on the total for 2015.

Table 2.19 Larger mills1, 2016: sawmill employment

Employment type England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
full-time equivalents     
Direct          
Line & production workers 812 181 1227 236 2456
Managerial & administrative staff 151 16 161 57 384
Haulage of logs to the mill 25 0 18 2 45
Total direct employment 988 197 1405 295 2885
Others2          
Line & production workers 8 0 42 0 50
Managerial & administrative staff 0 0 2 0 2
Total contract employment 8 0 44 0 52

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

Table 2.19a Larger mills1, 2012-2016: sawmill employment

Employment Line & production workers Managerial & administrative staff Haulage of logs to the mill Total employment
full-time equivalents    
Direct        
2012 2215 365 50 2630
2013 2249 363 41 2653
2014 2422 385 43 2850
2015 2341 394 44 2779
2016 2456 384 45 2885
Others2        
2012 67 0 .. 67
2013 105 1 .. 106
2014 124 1 .. 125
2015 58 0 .. 58
2016 50 2 .. 52

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

.. Denotes data not available.

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