Great British Apples And Pears Vacancies 2020

Thank you for showing an interest in working on one of our orchards this summer.

As a result of the business impact of COVID-19, we know many people are looking for work. At the same time, many British apple and pear orchards are struggling to find enough workers.

If you are looking for work and enjoy being outside, you could play a big role in picking for Britain – ensuring millions of people get access to deliciously healthy fresh produce.

There are a variety of jobs in our orchards. Fruit thinning work takes place in May and June. The main harvesting work starts in late August and can go on until early November on some farms.

You can find job vacancies on our orchards on the map below.

To apply, or simply to find out more information, please contact the orchard directly using the contact details listed.

Please consult our FAQ’s for more information. If you have any other specific questions about your personal circumstances, please discuss this with your prospective employer.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 £57.40 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 are following government guidelines on social distancing for those working on farms, please ask for details from any prospective employer if you wish to obtain more information.

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.

Our understanding is that furloughed workers can take on another job whilst they are retained on furlough and being paid by their employer, as long as their contract with their current employer allows it or their employer agrees it.

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Children (under 16s) are not allowed to join their parents on farms. However, working on a farm is classed as a key worker job during this time of restricted movement and social distancing, so your children would be able to attend school or be with a childminder while you’re at work.

Ideally farms will be looking for people who can work a full working week but days and hours can vary by farm, so please check with the farm you are interested in working at.

Please check with individual farms as it will depend on the space and facilities they have available.

Groups living in an on-farm caravan or cabin together can be treated as a household for social distancing purposes and can live and work together on a farm. If one member of the group becomes ill with COVID-19 then the others in the group will have to self-isolate as well, just as any other household would do.

Please check with individual farms whether they offer volunteer positions.