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Skilled worker visa salary increase to shut out ‘vital’ staff

Insiders sounded a warning over latest government plans to up the minimum salary required for a skilled overseas worker visa from £26,200 to £38,700

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UK retail and wholesale sector hiring more high-skilled workers from Asia since Brexit

Retailers and wholesalers have been hiring more high-skilled workers from South Asian countries such as India, according to Home Office data


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Why the British food sector is facing a labour crisis - and what we can do about it

The current crisis ultimately stems from a lack of understanding about how food production and supply works, says NFU vice president Tom Bradshaw

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Labour crisis revealed: Food shortages caused by 500,000 worker deficit

A new report estimates there are over half a million posts that need to be filled across farming, food production and distribution, as well as retail and hospitality


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Seasonal workers: Efra committee slams government inertia

The committee said the ‘last-minute approach’ to expanding the scheme had created ‘unnecessary and costly’ uncertainty

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Government announces first additional SAWS operator

The seasonal agricultural workers scheme was expanded to 30,000 permits in December


Farm labour crisis looming with Covid rates high in Europe

Thousands of new coronavirus cases have been recorded in key countries for recruitment, such as Bulgaria and Romania, over the past week


Real-terms funding for GLAA declines despite rise in cases

The GLAA’s accounts showed net expenditure grew 6% to £6.6m in the year to 31 March 2020, but Home Office funding only increased 2.3% 

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Fruit & veg industry ‘nervous’ over seasonal worker uncertainty

Chair of the NFU’s horticulture and potatoes board, Ali Capper, has warned the timeline for SAWS was causing ‘nervousness’


Growers welcome extension to post-Brexit seasonal workers pilot

The pilot scheme allows migrant labour to enter the UK to work for a six-month period


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