ByL Zoie O’Brien | Mailonline
6 August 2018

Ten thousand people applied for a job picking fruit at UK farms this summer – and two of them were British.

Seasonal workers are flocking to farms to make money while the sun shines, yet the physical demand, long hours and often low pay is not enough to entice most Brits, it appears.

The startling revelation over the distaste for the work comes as the National Farmers Union said of the 60,000 seasonal workers, barely one per cent was British in 2017.

One recruitment company revealed they almost exclusively have applications from foreign nationals.

Recruitment company Concordia that supplies workers to about 200 British farms has seen first-hand how the job is viewed as unattractive.

Stephanie Maurel, chief executive of told the Washington Post: ‘We’ve had two applications out of 10,000.

‘It’s statistically quite damning.’



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