- Carries out maintenance on farm buildings, hedges, ditches and erects and repairs fences.
- Moves and handles livestock and tends them during birth and rearing of young.
- Treats minor ailments and assists veterinary surgeon as required.
- Cleans barns, sheds, pens, yards, incubators and breeding units and sterilises milking and other equipment as necessary.
- Weighs and measures foodstuffs, feeds animals and checks them for any signs of disease.
- Cultivates growing crops by hoeing, spraying and thinning as necessary.
- Operates farm machinery to prepare soil, fertilise and treat crops.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 23% 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
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for farm worker is £18,057
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 3,301. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for farm worker roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £18,057 per year. That is about £1,505 per month or £9.26 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,578, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £25,106
Is it growing or declining?
This career has shrunk over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 3,301 people are employed in the region.