For COVID-19 advice and guidance that was previously hosted on the Pick for Britain website, please see the following links:
- General workplace guidance produced for employers and employees in England (including farms and other outdoor businesses) can be found here. Advice specific to businesses in Scotland and Wales is also available.
- Guidance for workers on furlough looking for temporary employment opportunities can be found on the government website here.
- Guidance for employers and workers in the agriculture sector on the use of piece rates can be found on the government website here.
- Workplace best practice guidance for employers with seasonal workers on fruit and vegetable farms can be found on the AHDB website here.
Advice for Employers and Jobseekers
The following guidance is issued by the Department for Work and Pensions to employers and jobseekers in relation to work in UK agriculture sectors:
We have extra advice about working in agricultural jobs, including what different jobs can be like, and how to find vacancies.
The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) has hundreds of members looking for workers in agriculture and food production. For more details, visit the ALP Member Directory and search in your region.
For more agricultural jobs, visit the Find a job website.
“Find a Job” service
Employers can also advertise and manage vacancies on the ‘Find a job’ service.
This service has replaced Universal Jobmatch.
This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
This service is only available for England, Scotland and Wales. There is a different service to advertise vacancies in Northern Ireland.
Recruitment Advice and Support for Employers
Contact the Employer Services Line for advice about recruiting for your business.
It can put you in touch with local ‘employer advisors’ if you need specific and practical advice. Employer advisors understand the local labour market and can help you:
- design and word job vacancies
- develop pre-employment training (specific to a job)
- recruit in new and fair ways (such as offering flexible working patterns)
- access Jobcentre Plus office facilities for recruitment (where available)
- give your existing employees the chance to mentor people who want to work
- get advice and support if you need to make redundancies
The Employer Services Line can also give general advice about recruitment: