Type of work: Strawberry picking and associated fieldwork. Packhouse work.
Season : The picking season is from the end of May to the beginning of
October, but it varies depending upon the weather.
Days of work: 6 days a week. It must be understood that all employees are expected to work consistently and to restrict their leisure activities to approved days off.
Start time: 07:00 - 08:30 hours.
Finishing time: 15:00 - 18:00 hours.
Rates of pay: Piecework* rates and Hourly* rates.
*Piecework rates. This means the more you pick, the more you can earn. Rates vary according to crop and weather conditions, and may change daily.
*Hourly. This means you will be paid at the Agricultural Wages Board rate.
There is no variation in wages between foreign and British students.
Tax and National Insurance deductions will be made where applicable.
Work cannot be guaranteed - unusual weather conditions do occur and the harvest may be either early or late and of a different duration to that which was anticipated.
Piecework rates fluctuate according to the crop and its condition and to the season. Variations in earnings should be expected, and your expectations of earnings in the UK should be realistic.
Work Permits : It is essential to have a work permit.