Farm offering workers £240 a day to pick broccoli and cabbage



Workers are being offered £30 an hour to pick broccoli the equivalent of £62,000 a year – amid a severe staff shortage.

TH Clements and Son is also on the lookout for cabbage pickers for its fields at the same rate.

The firm will pay £240 a day and the roles at the farmland in Lincolnshire, near Boston, are also all-year round work, Hull Live is reporting.

The family owned firm, which also supplies Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers to major food suppliers and supermarkets, has been on a major recruitment drive.

In a post on social media, TH Clements said: “We are looking for Field Operatives to harvest our broccoli. Excellent piecework rates with potential to earn up to £30 per hour and all year round work available.”

Other pictures from the farm showed workers being treated to ice creams as they took a break from the fields. A comment said: “Another fun day in the sunshine at T H Clements. Ice Creams all round – just one of the ways TH Clements makes sure every employee knows they are appreciated! Many thanks to Skinners Ice Cream.”

Anyone interested in the work can find the offer on the company’s Facebook site.

The business is not the only one offering big pay rates to help with harvests.

Job site Indeed this week said the number of recruiters that have boosted their salaries to help plug staff shortages is up 75%.

Robert Newbery, regional director of the National Farmers’ Union, told the Mirror: “Brexit is certainly having an impact.

“The people that could move freely within Europe before now can’t.”

Ranjit Singh Boporan, the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, has warned of serious fallout.

He said: “There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies.”

“Nothing has fundamentally changed since I spoke about the issue last July. In fact, I take no pleasure in pointing out that the gaps on the shelves I warned about then are getting bigger by the day,” he told Sky News.

Farms and fresh produce companies are facing serious staffing shortages because of Covid and Brexit, which, combined, have restricted the number of migrant workers they usually depend on to travel to the UK for work.

It comes amid scenes of lengthy queues at petrol stations after a shortage of HGV drivers forced some fuel retailers to shut their pumps and ration sales.

The petrol problems follow growing concern over the impact the lack of HGV drivers is having on supermarket supplies, with fears Christmas shopping could be hindered without action.

Experts suggest the industry is short of about 90,000 drivers.

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