Farm worker

Farm workers perform a variety of tasks, by hand and machine, to produce and harvest crops and to breed and rear cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.


  • 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, 30% 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

2,504 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,504. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

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 £16,054, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £25,258

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, 2,504 people are employed in the region.

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