British apple and pear growers are working
with the Department of Work and Pensions in
2021, please click below
to head to the ‘find a job site’, to search for
harvesting roles in your area
Yes, the government has classified our workers under ‘food and other necessary goods’ as key workers. This includes people involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food. This means as a key worker you are able to travel to and from work, and your children may still be able to attend their local school. Your employer will provide you will an essential journey certificate for your travel to and from work.
A certain level of fitness is required for picking jobs. You will need to be able to walk through orchards and pick the fruit by hand. Training on picking technique is provided by farms.
For most roles, including fruit picking, previous experience is not required and training is given by the farm.
You need to discuss this with the farm you’re applying to. Workers can live on the farm or travel in daily depending on your particular circumstances and the farm’s situation. All farms have good standards of accommodation which may be available to workers. They are usually permanent caravan style accommodation sleeping three or four people per unit. The charge for the accommodation is set at a maximum £52.85 per week for 2020, making it good value compared to private sector.
The duration of each job depends on the role and the farm. Each farm has given a timeframe for roles when you click on their pin, but it’s best to check duration with each farm for the specific role you’re interested in.
Yes, you would usually need to be at least 18 years old to work on our farms, but there may be some roles for 16 to 18-year-olds depending on the farm.
Farms will usually offer a full working week and often overtime as well if wanted. It’s important you discuss start/finish times and hours directly with the farm you apply to.
Once you have found a job you are interested in, contact the farm using the contact details on the pin. They will then advise you of the recruitment process and next steps.
Fruit picking – working outside in the orchards, picking fruit such as cherries, plums, apples and pears. Picking is performed standing up, many farms have invested in picking rigs and platforms to make harvest operations easier.
Fruit packing – working in a packhouse to assist in grading the fruit and packing it ready for distribution. A certain level of manual handling will be required, but training will be given
Plant husbandry – there will be some roles during the early summer which will require manual dexterity in helping to thin the number of fruits on trees. Full training will be given for these roles.
All farms adhere to current government guidelines on social distancing and are working hard to protect their teams.
Pay varies depending on the specific job role, but hourly pay is underpinned by the national living wage or the national minimum wage and many jobs have a productivity bonus too. This means typical hourly pay ranges from £9.00 to £11.00 per hour and can be higher with earnings of up to £14 per hour being achievable for some staff.
Yes, full training will be given for all roles.