It was a major news story a couple of weeks ago that there were over 90k farming jobs in the UK that needed filling. It has now been reported that 150 Romanians have been flown in to fill some of these coronavirus job opportunities and more are due to flown in over the next few weeks.
Whatever your political views, whether you agreed with Brexit or not, or if you think that our borders should be closed because of coronavirus, the fact still remains that these vacancies need filling.
Coronavirus is hitting us all in some way or other and most of us are feeling the pinch on our pockets. The majority of us need to look at other sources of income or ways to cut our expenditure.
The farming jobs available are an opportunity for a lot of us to get some cash in our pocket during these hard times.
We have tried to split it down into sections to make it easier for you to read the information that is relevant to you. Please click on the section that you are interested in or just scroll through and the read the whole article. It isn’t that big!
- Who are the Jobs For?
- What are the Jobs?
- Where are the Jobs?
- How Long will the Jobs Last?
- What’s the Pay Terms?
- How Do I apply?
- Why this Year?
- Is it Really for me?
Who are the Jobs For?
Although there is a multitude of farming and agricultural jobs available, the fact is most are going to require hard labour work. Being physically fit and able to carry out duties outside in different weather conditions is essential. This is not the type of work for the average office worker who is used to sitting at a desk all-day. (no dis-respect to those guys).
This is an ideal opportunity for students, who are stuck in lockdown with nothing to do at the moment. Most courses have been suspended and the summer break is near anyhow.
For those that were unemployed before covid-19, this is an ideal opportunity to get into the workplace and learn new skills. Whilst a lot of the positions are temporary and casual, there is still a real possibility that the skills learnt could lead to something more long-term.
The self-employed are perfectly suited to these positions. They already will have the mentality to get the job done and put money in their pockets.
What are the Jobs?
A lot of the jobs are for picking fruit or harvesting vegetables, but there are other jobs available for drivers, supervisors, group leaders etc. There is also jobs available in husbandry, i.e. animal or plant care and you may even find a job selling in the local farm shop.
There is no doubt though that all the jobs will require you to get your hands dirty (metaphorically speaking). It’s a hard environment and you will be expected to graft, no matter what the weather. If your lucky you will get a sun-tan or be working in a large green house. If your unlucky and don’t protect yourself you will get sun-burnt or very wet.
Where are the Jobs?
The simple answer to where the jobs are is throughout most of the UK. Although, obviously, you are going to struggle to find a farm in the center of the big cities. Most of us have some version of the countryside within a short distance (20 miles or so) from us and therefore local opportunities do exist.
We have very quickly found jobs locally here in Staffordshire, down in Kent and up in Scotland. The list goes on.
If you can’t find farming jobs local to you, then there is always the option to relocate for a short time. A lot of farmers offer the ability to stay in the farmhouse or camp on site in a caravan etc. Some farmers will offer accommodation for free, whilst others may charge a small fee.
Clearly it is advisable to check out all your options before you apply or sign up.
How Long Will the Jobs Last?
We have noticed that most of the positions for the current month (April) are currently filled but farmers are recruiting for May.
You may have to move around a bit but there is very opportunity to get work going through all the way until October and possibly beyond.
Different fruit and vegetables get picked at different times of the year. Strawberries are often picked from early June, apples in late August, pears in September and potatoes are harvested right the way through from June till October depending upon the variety.
What’s the Pay Terms?
Whilst a lot of the pay may be cash-in-hand, farmers are of course bound by the minimum wage rules here in the UK. You will not be working for less than that (or at least shouldn’t be) I’m sure there are one or two unscrupulous farmers around but the vast majority will be paying you a decent living wage for a hard-days graft.
If you are getting cash-in-hand then you will need to register as self-employed, if you are not already.
Cash-in-hand jobs will probably be paid at the end of the day or the week, whilst some farm jobs will be recruited through agencies that will be pay into your bank every week or fortnight usually.
As we have stated, as a minimum you will be getting minimum wage or a reasonable rate per picking unit. As an example, we took a look at Edward Vinson Farms in Kent where last year they were paying slightly above the minimum wage. Some jobs are advertised for as much as between £11 and £13 per hour based on experience etc.
It might not make you a millionaire overnight but it should certainly go a long way towards paying those monthly bills and keeping your head above water during covid-19.
How Do I Apply?
The first thing we’d suggest is check your local job agencies or papers to find out if any farms are recruiting locally. They will each have their own application methods you should follow.
If you can’t find anything through these sources then consider using indeed.com They have plenty of jobs available and are updated daily. We intend to include a search option embedded in this page. You will need to register with indeed and apply for the job online through their portal.
The feed the nation campaign that has started due to coronavirus has suggested several websites to undertake your job search upon. We researched them and found that these sites still had current vacancies that you can apply for directly from their site.
- www.concordia.org.uk – A little misleading because this is a charity. But it is paid work they are advertising at guaranteed minimum wage.
- pro-force.co.uk – An agency that specialises in agriculture and horticulture
- www.hopslaboursolutions.com – An agency specifically setup to help young farmers. It specialises in seasonal labour.
Additionally, if you want to try applying direct to our example farmer why not take a look at the Edward Vinson website. These guys have three farms in Kent, each with their own camping set-up.
Why this year?
Let’s make it clear, coronavirus isn’t going to cause a shortage of fruit and vegetable supply in the UK. Our farmers are still growing is, so there is no need to panic-buy.
But our farmers are sending alerts out because they are concerned they will have a problem with the workforce, in order to harvest and pick all the fruit and vegetables. They don’t want their hard-earned livelihoods ruined by fruit and veg rotting away in the fields.
Historically a lot of seasonal workers in the UK have been migrant workers. Brexit and covid-19 have effected that workforce availability. No matter what your political views are, that is still a fact. The thousands of migrant workers, who would normally travel to the UK for the seasonal work, are just not going to be able to do it, or at least not in the same numbers.
Therefore, it’s up to us already living in the UK to help farmers feed the nation and put money in our pockets.
If you are a Brexit supporter (like me) then this is actually an ideal opportunity to put Britain back to work and ensure our economy stays as strong as possible during the covid-19 nightmare.
Is it Really for Me?
As we have previously stated, farm work is manual labour and therefore might not be suitable for everyone. But if you fancy a new opportunity, you want to help feed the nation, you want to keep fit and maybe even get yourself a sun-tan then you should consider it.
If for health or other reasons farm work is not for you then why not take a look at our work from home business opportunity that we recommend here at Potters Magical Money. We genuinely believe that this is one of the best online business opportunities around.
Whatever you decide to do, good luck and stay safe please. Take this opportunity to bookmark our site and come back for some more money making and saving tips.