Farm workers are employed by farmers and landowners to carry out practical tasks on livestock, arable or mixed farms.
Their duties will vary according to the type of farm and the time of year, but could include:
Farm workers generally work 39 hours a week, including weekends, but longer hours are likely at certain times such as lambing season or harvesting. Early starts are common.
Most jobs involve working outdoors in all weathers, and the work is physically demanding, with a lot of bending, lifting and carrying. It will usually be necessary to live on or near the farm.
To be a farm worker you should:
There are opportunities for farm workers throughout the UK. Employers include farm owners, commercial organisations, and universities or research institutions. There is a lot of competition for farm manager positions.
Skilled workers are much more likely to find work than unskilled workers.
With qualifications and experience, promotion to supervisor or unit manager on a large farm may be possible. Movement from farm to farm to gain experience and promotion is usual.
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