Scotland’s agricultural sector relies heavily on seasonal non-UK workers, particularly from central and eastern Europe, to meet its labour demand. However, there is a lack of detailed information about the actual numbers of migrant workers working in Scotland and their living and working conditions.
SRUC has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake research to improve our understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture in summer 2017.
Labour conditions and wage rates are key concerns for the Scottish Government, particularly in the context of the rising National Living Wage, but the issue of migrant workers has taken on new and greater significance following the UK’s decision in June 2016 to leave the EU.
This research project includes a number of different phases, the first of which entails survey work with farmers who directly employ seasonal workers on their farms, and with labour providers who supply labour to the agricultural sector in Scotland.
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For further information see the attached PDF below