Farm workers have seen their wages soar to almost £20 an hour due to a chronic labour shortage caused by both Brexit and the Covid pandemic.
This staggering amount is almost double the current National Minimum Wage, which currently stands at £8.91 an hour for adults over the age of 23, while workers as young as 18-20 can expect a minimum of £6.56 an hour.
Due to Brexit, fewer seasonal workers are coming in from Europe and few Britons are applying for the roles. Farmers estimate that 500,000 workers are needed for cultivation, including pickers, packers and drivers.
Whilst this sharp rise in wages is good for employees, farmers have expressed their concern citing that they are now spending up to 60% more on labour than in previous years.
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