Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.

Tasks

  • Supports trees by staking and wiring.
  • Prunes and thins trees and shrubs.
  • Propagates plants by taking cuttings and by grafting and budding, applies weed-killer, fungicide and insecticide to control pests and diseases.
  • Sows seeds and bulbs and transplants seedlings.
  • Mixes soil, composts, fertilisers and/or organic matter and spreads fertiliser and manure.
  • Prepares soil in field, bed or pot by hand or machine.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£20,934 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for horticultural trade is £20,934

621 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 621. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for horticultural trade roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,934 per year. That is about £1,744 per month or £10.74 per hour. New workers generally start on £10,854, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,693

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 621 people are employed in the region.

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