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If you are interested in UK fruit-picking jobs, then you’re in the right place. This article lists seven ways to apply for fruit-picking work and provides insight on what you can expect, how much you can expect to earn, and much more.
Whether you want to be in the great British outdoors, want a more physical job, or are just looking for seasonal work, fruit picking can be incredibly rewarding—especially if you consider that you’ll be helping to get the nation fed and contributing to local farms.
- 7 Places to Apply for Fruit-Picking Jobs in the UK
- How Seasonal Are Fruit-Picking Jobs?
- What Does Training Look Like?
- How Much Does Fruit Picking Pay?
- 5 Tips for Fruit-Picking Applicants
7 Places to Apply for Fruit-Picking Jobs in the UK
There are a number of ways both online and off that you can look for and find fruit-picking jobs in the UK. Here are my seven favorite places to look.
you've probably heard of Indeed and other major job sites, but did you know you can set up alerts through these sites that will immediately let you know if a job that fits your criteria is posted? If you have a resume on hand that fits that job as well and are already prepared with the relevant information, applying can be done with the click of a button.
2. British Summer Fruits
This is one of the go-to sites and resources for finding fruit-picking jobs. Not only do they list a whole range of available jobs and vacancies, but they also give plenty of advice and recommendations on how to approach these types of jobs. This site is a great resource for any prospective fruit and vegetable picker.
3. Berry World
This was an example of a site that I came across personally just from a quick Google search for “fruit-picking jobs,” and there were plenty of vacancies listed. It’s definitely worth looking into private companies to see if they have anything available.
4. Pick for Britain
This is a specialised site for fruit and vegetable picking that lists jobs from all over the country in the UK, so I certainly recommend it. Often, these jobs can be competitive, so you'll have to act quickly.
5. Facebook Groups
If you are actively looking for a job, it might just be worth participating in your local Facebook groups and asking something like “Does anyone know of any fruit or vegetable-picking jobs in the area? I’ve got a bunch of experience and am looking for an excuse to get some exercise and earn some cash."
You will be surprised just how many helpful people there are and how big the network is, especially if you are already in a rural setting. At the very least, people might keep you in mind when they come across a job opening that might be a good fit.
6. Local Newspapers
A great way to land a job as a fruit picker is to just look through the local newspaper and see if there are any positions available there. Many farmers are traditional in the way they look for workers, so this is a great avenue to pursue.
7. Search Engines
You can also use your favourite search engine and search something like “fruit picking jobs [location].” Work your way down the search results and see what relevant websites have to offer.
Don’t forget to set up Google Alerts so you can get notified as soon as a job becomes indexable in their search engine. You can also use Google’s own job board platform, which uses job info from specific websites and collates information from other job boards.
Here are just a few farms I've found by searching "fruit picking jobs farm" on Google
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- Hugh Lowe Farms
- Clock Hous Farm
- Allanhill Farming Co
- Castleton Fruit Farm
- Broadwater Farm
- Chandler & Dunn
- Withers Farm
- West Newton Farm
- Charltons Farm
- Littywood Farm
How Seasonal Are Fruit-Picking Jobs?
As you may well know, different fruits and vegetables come into season at different times of the year. Not all years are the same, but generally speaking, you can expect the fruit-picking season to begin between late May and mid-to-late April.
It is around this time of year that you'll start to see more job opportunities crop up for veggie and fruit picking at local farms. Farmers are often in a rush, too, because if their fruit doesn’t get picked quickly, some of the harvest may go to waste.
What Does Training Look Like?
When it comes to the job itself, it will obviously specify in the job ad itself, who are the types of individuals they are looking for. However, you will find very rarely, do they want someone who is experienced.
Simply, because a lot of the time, they specify that training can be provided. Of course, it certainly wouldn’t hurt your cause if you have similar or relevant experience.
What you can also probably tell from the job ad description is that the work can be long and pretty physically demanding. So this is something that you need to know and be prepared to carry out. It certainly can be very rewarding after a long week of hard work.
However, it’s important to gauge what kind of hours you think you will be working and to make note of the hours you do work and how it corresponds to the pay you do get.
How Much Does Fruit Picking Pay?
As you would expect, it varies from farm to farm, job to job, and should detail exactly what you get paid per hour in the job description.
Typically though it ranges from minimum wage in the UK which at the time of writing this is £8.91 per hour and I’ve personally seen it as high as £15 per hour. What you do tend to find though with these picking jobs is that they are sometimes performance-based.
So they will obviously pay you a certain amount per hour as a base but if you manage to achieve a certain target by a dedicated time, you could well get a pay bonus on top of that.
These do tend to be a bit rare, however, but what you will likely instead see is an overtime policy where they might pay you 1.5x the base amount for when you work past a certain period. If the standard hours are 9-5 but they require you to work from 9 till 9, which can happen, then the extra 4 hours you do work and 1.5x the base pay that you have been set.
5 Tips for Fruit-Picking Applicants
When it comes to securing the job here are a few things that we recommend to get the edge:
1. Apply Early
One of the key elements to securing the job is timing, if you can get your job application in early, you sometimes tend to have a better chance of getting that opening.
2. Ensure Your Application Is Spot-On
Although this is a manual job, your first impression is going to be how you come across in a digital format - so make sure that you provide all the necessary information and is presented in a clear and coherent manner.
If they are asking for a specific requirement, make sure you let them know that you meet it.
3. List Any Relevant Experience
Even if it is only relatively related, this can help you stand out from the crowd amongst other applicants. Also, be sure to let them know that you have your own transportation as well (if you do) as this can also help (sometimes some job listings detail this as being required).
4. Convey a “Can Do" Attitude
What you will tend to find is that this job often requires a positive can-do attitude, so do your best to convey that too. Especially if they ask for a quick phone interview, make sure to come across as enthusiastic and hard-working, these are two of the main character traits they look for (as you can often see from the job listings).
5. Be Physically Fit
If you can as well, make sure that they understand you’re quite a ‘fit’ and ‘healthy’ person, so if they do ask for a resume, be sure to include physical achievements and activities (such as sports etc.) that you partake in. You will see in the job listings for fruit pickers, that they are often after people who can stand a long time, can bend and pick up often and so on.
Hopefully, that’s given you a better understanding of exactly what is involved with fruit picking jobs and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, we will be more than happy to answer. If you have your own experience of fruit picking jobs, please do share, and let us know if you have any tricks and tips that you would recommend for any other prospective fruit pickers - we’d love to hear them!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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