• Seasonal Worker Permit to be Piloted in 2019
  • September 11, 2018
  • Law Firm: - Office
  • The situation

    The UK government plans to introduce a Seasonal Worker Permit in 2019 for a trial period running until December 2020.

    A closer look

    Eligible workers. The permit is available to seasonal agricultural workers over the age of 18 from outside the European Union. Up to 2,500 permits will be issued under the pilot program.

    Process. Eligible foreign workers can apply to two authorised UK agencies to be recruited for the pilot. If the worker is selected and the permit is approved, the permit can be issued for up to six months and will allow work on UK fruit and vegetable farms.

    Current permit options. Currently, non-EU seasonal agricultural workers have no tailored permit option.

    Impact

    The pilot addresses concerns raised over the past months by UK farmers, and should ensure access to seasonal labour during peak periods.

    Background

    The British Growers Association estimated that in 2016, there were 75,000 foreign seasonal agricultural workers in the United Kingdom.