THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN FEEDING THE NATION.

Please note all our roles for April are currently filled – but we are accepting applications from people looking for work from May onwards.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, UK farms have a shortage of seasonal labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables. We are calling for workers to apply for these paid positions on local farms across the UK.We are working with as part of the UK’s Alliance of Ethical Labour Providers. Concordia, HOPS and Fruitful all operate to ensure the very best in participant experience and ethics – and we have partnered together to help find motivated individuals to help Feed the Nation.

 

Working on farms can be tough – It can be hard work, long hours, early starts, in sometimes difficult weather conditions. We want to be open and honest with you. You will be at least paid minimum wage and many farms pay National Living Wage or more, depending on how much fruit and/or vegetables you harvest, and the role you do on the farm. All roles offered through us come with training, which can last up to three weeks to give you the best chance of maximising your income whilst on a farm placement. You will be paid whilst you complete this training. As one of the sector’s leading ethical provider of seasonal labour, every job with us comes with free insurance for all our participants which includes travel, health and dental cover.

All successful applicants to our programme will receive high-quality training – which you are paid to complete. Through us and our partners you will have comprehensive travel and health insurance and be supported 24hours a day should you need it. Rest assured, all farms, many of which are open fields, are following the correct procedures around safe working conditions during the Coronavirus outbreak. Ensuring our workers' safety is our top priority. You can be safe in the knowledge that every site has been inspected by us, to ensure that it abides by the highest ethical and legal standards. All of our partners are highly experienced and agricultural recruitment specialists, and hold a GLAA licence, meaning you are in safe hands.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The government announced last week that anyone working on a farm is a key worker. This means that you will be able to travel to your place of work, and once you are there. You will also, where there is still space, qualify for childcare normally via local schools.

The government also announced recently a range of benefit packages for those who find themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak – which you may want to investigate and consider before applying for a role: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees 

 

The roles:

At present roles will be starting on UK farms from early May onwards – harvesting crops on placements from 6 weeks to 6 months, all over the UK. Working on farms can be tough – it can be hard work, long hours, early starts, in sometimes difficult weather conditions. There are also roles on key farms in the next fortnight harvesting asparagus, harvesting beans and preparing strawberry and raspberry plants. We also need workers with additional skills – such as tractor drivers and those able to operate heavy machinery.

Workers will be at least paid minimum wage and many farms pay National Living Wage or more, depending on how much fruit and/or vegetables they harvest, and the role they do on the farm. All roles offered through Concordia, HOPS and Fruitful come with training, which can last up to three weeks to give them the best chance of maximising their income whilst on a farm placement. They will be paid whilst they complete this training. As the sector’s alliance of ethical providers, every job with Concordia, Fruitful and HOPS comes with free insurance for all workers which includes travel, health and dental cover

To find out more about life on a farm we have the following videos:

Life on a Concordia farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOs5msZiLIQ  

 

The process:

Applicants can apply for role's from May onwards  through the Alliance’s Ethical Labour portal:  https://hopslaboursolutions.com/seasonal-work 

It’s a simple form with a few basic details. All applicants will then be sent a link to our online video interview platform – again super easy to use and talks you through the steps. Once we have received the video interview and the applicant is successful we can match them with a role on a UK farm based on their skills and preferences. This matched roles will be sent to them along with information on the farm and it’s amenities. At this point applicants decide if they want to take up the position – and accept the roles by email.

Successful applicants can be assured that all farms, many of which are open fields, are following the correct procedures around safe working conditions during the Coronavirus outbreak. Housing is always provided although participants do not have to take it up.