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Employment in the forest industry

16 Jul 2008

Tasmania’s forest industry positively contributes to the state in an economic sense and for employment. A recent report, Forestry, jobs and spending: forest industry employment and expenditure in Tasmania, 2005-06, provides a detailed picture of the Tasmanian forest industry, including the number and types of businesses in the industry, and the employment and spending generated by the industry.

Author Dr Jacki Schirmer said the report provided a comprehensive understanding of where forestry jobs are located in Tasmania and the types of employment generated by the industry.

“Figures given in the report are based on a comprehensive survey of the industry, which for the first time included the many small contracting businesses that undertake a considerable amount of work in forestry in Tasmania,” said Dr Schirmer.

“There was a real need to get better figures on employment for forestry as there’s been a lot of debate about how many jobs the industry actually generates.

Dr Schirmer said the figures tend to be conservative as everyone has a different definition on who should be included.

The report showed the industry directly employed 6,300 people with 68.3 per cent of those employed in the native forest sector and 31.7 per cent in the plantation sector.
Expenditure in 2006 by the forest industry in Tasmania was between 1.4 and 1.6 billion dollars.

The north of the state had the highest expenditure and employment numbers showing the industry is an important and viable aspect to Tasmania.
Employment in the industry is enormously diverse with jobs ranging from entry level through to degree requirements.  
Forest Industries Association of Tasmania Chief Executive, Terry Edwards, said the latest study into Tasmania’s forest industry by Dr Jacki Schirmer clearly show the employment and economic benefits that forestry brings to the state.

“The report shows that of the 6300 people directly employed, the forest industry provides a high percentage of full time employment compared to the rest of the Tasmanian workforce demonstrating the industries commitment to secure and stable employment,” he said.

“This is a significant finding as many people work in casual and part-time positions with little security to provide for their families whereas in the forest industry there is a greater chance of achieving a full time stable position.

“It should be noted that this report is conservative in its assessment of the total number of employees in the industry as it has excluded some important industry sectors due to difficulty in obtaining data.  The actual employment data and financial contribution of the industry would be significantly higher if this data could be included,” Mr Edwards said.
The report can be downloaded from www.crcforestry.com.au and printed copies can be obtained by emailing crcforestry@crcforestry.com.au

Tasmania’s forest industry positively contributes to the state in an economic sense and for employment.

A recent report, Forestry, jobs and spending: forest industry employment and expenditure in Tasmania, 2005-06, provides a detailed picture of the Tasmanian forest industry, including the number and types of businesses in the industry, and the employment and spending generated by the industry.

Author Dr Jacki Schirmer said the report provided a comprehensive understanding of where forestry jobs are located in Tasmania and the types of employment generated by the industry.

“Figures given in the report are based on a comprehensive survey of the industry, which for the first time included the many small contracting businesses that undertake a considerable amount of work in forestry in Tasmania,” said Dr Schirmer.

“There was a real need to get better figures on employment for forestry as there’s been a lot of debate about how many jobs the industry actually generates.

Dr Schirmer said the figures tend to be conservative as everyone has a different definition on who should be included.

The report showed the industry directly employed 6,300 people with 68.3 per cent of those employed in the native forest sector and 31.7 per cent in the plantation sector.

Expenditure in 2006 by the forest industry in Tasmania was between 1.4 and 1.6 billion dollars.

The north of the state had the highest expenditure and employment numbers showing the industry is an important and viable aspect to Tasmania.

Employment in the industry is enormously diverse with jobs ranging from entry level through to degree requirements.  

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania Chief Executive, Terry Edwards, said the latest study into Tasmania’s forest industry by Dr Jacki Schirmer clearly show the employment and economic benefits that forestry brings to the state.

“The report shows that of the 6300 people directly employed, the forest industry provides a high percentage of full time employment compared to the rest of the Tasmanian workforce demonstrating the industries commitment to secure and stable employment,” he said.

“This is a significant finding as many people work in casual and part-time positions with little security to provide for their families whereas in the forest industry there is a greater chance of achieving a full time stable position.

“It should be noted that this report is conservative in its assessment of the total number of employees in the industry as it has excluded some important industry sectors due to difficulty in obtaining data.  The actual employment data and financial contribution of the industry would be significantly higher if this data could be included,” Mr Edwards said.

The report can be downloaded from www.crcforestry.com.au and printed copies can be obtained by emailing crcforestry@crcforestry.com.au

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