UK: More action needed to boost farmers' access to workforce, report says

An independent panel has recognized that more action is needed from the government to improve UK farmers' access to a skilled and motivated workforce.

The panel has urged the government to secure the Seasonal Workers Scheme beyond 2024.

Government must also boost recruitment, training, and upskilling of domestic staff, according to the report released on Friday (30 June).

It comes as the horticulture and poultry sectors have been severely impacted by worker shortages in recent years.

The industry has been calling for a long-term 5-year rolling scheme to guarantee businesses have the certainty they need to continue producing food.

Responding to the publication of the panel's findings, the NFU welcomed the report's suggestion to extend the Seasonal Workers Scheme beyond 2024.


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