Overseas workers are rejecting British farm jobs as pound falls post-Brexit - according to Farmers Weekly
PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 October 2016
A fall in the value of the British pound post-Brexit is leading to a decline in migrant farmworkers in the UK, new figures suggest.
According to an employment agency which provides overseas labour to the UK fruit and vegetable sector, there was a 70 per cent drop in Bulgarian workers wanting to come to the UK in July.
This is compared to the usual drop of between 20 and 25 per cent.
Alison Capper, Worcestershire grower and National Farmers’ Union horticulture chairman, told Farmers Weekly: “Migrant workers are choosing not to come.
“There is a lot of not very nice stuff in the media in some of these eastern European countries about what is going on in the UK,” she added.
Since the June Brexit vote, the pound has dramatically decreased in its value. It was worth around €1.30 on June 23 but is now nearer to €1.10.