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Seasonal Worker Visas Boost

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The Government recently announced that they will be boosting the UK’s horticulture industry by making 45,000 seasonal worker visas available.

The allocation of 45,000 seasonal worker visas will allow businesses to recruit foreign workers to come to the UK for up to 6 months. This is an uplift of 15,000 compared to what was available to businesses at the start of 2022. The increase in seasonal worker visas will provide certainty for farmers and businesses alike, to help to tackle the labour shortages.

The allocation will be kept under review with the potential to increase by a further 10,000 if necessary, and contingent on sponsors and growers improving and abiding by to worker welfare standards, including ensuring workers are guaranteed a minimum number of paid hours each week.

Farming Minister Mark Spencer said:

‘Seasonal labour has long been part of the UK’s rural economy, and while it is right that we offer long term support to increase the use of domestic labour, we also need to support businesses on the back of what has been a challenging year for food producers.

That’s why we’ve listened to the UK’s horticulture sector, and today’s announcement will provide our growers with the labour they need to bring in the harvest and continue to put their produce on our tables.’

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