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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 m3 of sawnwood in 2018 (Tables 2.19 and 2.19a).

Table 2.19 Larger mills1, 2018: sawmill employment

Employment type England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
full-time equivalents     
Direct          
Line & production workers 810 165 1151 313 2439
Managerial & administrative staff 165 28 124 112 429
Haulage of logs to the mill 58 0 16 2 76
Total direct employment 1033 193 1291 427 2944
Others2          
Line & production workers 12 0 64 0 76
Managerial & administrative staff 0 0 3 0 3
Total contract employment 12 0 67 0 79

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. ‘Others’ refers to others undertaking work for the sawmill, including contractors and their employees.

3. The results exclude any employment on harvesting, and any employment at the site not directly related to the sawmill (e.g. exclude work producing pallets or other wood products from sawn wood).

4. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

Table 2.19a Larger mills1, 2014-2018: sawmill employment

Employment Line & production workers Managerial & administrative staff Haulage of logs to the mill Total employment
full-time equivalents    
Direct        
2014 2422 385 43 2850
2015 2341 394 44 2779
2016 2456 384 45 2885
2017 2369 428 79 2875
2018 2439 429 76 2944
Others2        
2014 124 1 .. 125
2015 58 0 .. 58
2016 50 2 .. 52
2017 76 3 .. 79
2018 55 2 .. 57

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

2. Excludes haulage employment on contract.

.. Denotes data not available.

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Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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