Shortage of farm workers
The number of seasonal workers coming to work on British farms has dropped by 17 per cent since January, according to a new survey by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).
As a result, some farms have been left “critically short” of people to harvest fruit and vegetables during the busy season.
There were more than 1,500 unfilled vacancies on farms during May alone.
The NFU has called on new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove to provide clarity on how farms will be able to access a reliable workforce both now and after the UK leaves the European Union.
“A lack of clarity regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU and a weakened sterling has contributed to the reduction in workers on farm now being reported by labour providers who source seasonal workers,” said the NFU’s Ali Capper.