British farmers prefer Romanian employees

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Romanians and Bulgarians are favoured by  British employers seeking labor in agriculture, says NFU, a farmers unions, according to a report quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

British farmers choose to employ Bulgarian and Romanian farmers because they are unable to find British employees for jobs in the field, but also because they are dissatisfied with workers from other EU countries, says the report published by the farmers union.

Although British authorities want to encourage the unemployed to accept jobs in agriculture, the farmers report quotes a lot of testimony criticising British labour. The analysis also shows that farmers are not keen on workforce from the so-called A8 countries from the 2004 expansion of the EU – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

"British seasonal workers are impossible to find because of our location in rural areas with scarse population and high property prices. I used A8 country nationals, but in 2010 and 2011 we found that about 80 percent do not trust" said a farmer quoted by Yorkshire Post.

In addition, the report also shows that recent A8 immigrants want agricultural work only as a stepping stone: once they a job in another area, they leave, thereby causing losses to employers in terms of training costs.

Tthey prefer the Bulgarians and Romanians who come in on SAWS permits.


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