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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme work card

 

 

 

 

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) allows farmers and growers in the UK to recruit a fixed number of low-skilled workers from Bulgaria or Romania for short-term agricultural work.

 

In 2010 and 2011 the quota is 21,250 places.

Once you are recruited in the scheme, you will be issued a work card. This work card gives you permission to work in the UK for a maximum of 6 months. You can return to the SAWS provided there is a break of 3 months.

SAWS workers carry out low-skilled work including:

·         planting and gathering crops;

·         on-farm processing and packing of crops;

·         handling livestock.

Pay

You will be paid at least the statutory Agricultural Minimum Wage. In agriculture there are other conditions which apply to payment of wages. All these will be issued to you in your information pack from the operator.

Accomodation

All SAWS farmers are obliged to supply accommodation, which is usually in shared caravans or dormitories. However, you are not obliged to take this accommodation if you can find suitable accommodation elsewhere that enables you to arrive at the farm on time for starting a day’s work.

Charges for you to pay

 

Under the Employment Agencies Act you should not pay to go to work. However, there may be charges in connection with:

·         your travel to the UK

·         accommodation bonds

·         a pastoral fee

·         arrival bond

If you are asked to pay a bond there should be clear information as to what it is for and what conditions are attached to it, and when and how you will get it back.

An operator must refund an ‘arrival bond’ once you turn up within the agreed timescales and must not hold on to it for any period of time.

TO APPLY FOR A SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORK CARD

The SAWS is managed by 9 operators. They are each issued a fixed number of work cards, which in turn they will issue to workers.

You need to make an application to one of the 9 Home Office-appointed operators. If you are successful, they will issue you with the relevant work card.

The work card will state the dates of employment and the location of the farm where you will be working.

Some farms recruit staff directly (‘single operators’); some recruit staff for work on a number of different farms (‘multiple operators’).

Here is the list:

·         Barway Services

Recruit to meet their own demand for seasonal labour only

For more information you should visit the Barway Services website.

Phone:  01353 727314 Fax:  01353 727255

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  Barway, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TZ

 

·         Concordia (YSV) Ltd

Recruit on behalf of farms throughout the United Kingdom.

For information on how to apply you should visit the Concordia website.

Phone:  01273 422 293 Fax:  01273 422 443

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  19 North Street, Portslade, East Sussex, BN41 1DH

 

·         Fruitful Ltd

Recruit on behalf of farms throughout the United Kingdom.

For more information you should visit the Fruitful Ltd website.

Phone:  0870 727 0050 Fax:  01386 833960

Email:  [email protected]

 

·         Haygrove Ltd

Recruit to meet their own demand for seasonal labour only

For more information you should visit the Haygrove Ltd website

Phone:  01531 633659 Fax:  01531 635969

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  Redbank, Ledbury, Hereford, HR8 2JL

 

·         HOPS Labour Solutions

Recruit on behalf of farms throughout the United Kingdom.

For more information you should visit the HOPS Labour Solutions website.

Phone:  02476 857 206 Fax:  02476 857 205

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, YFC Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

 

·         R & J M Place (International Farm Camp)

Recruit to meet their own demand for seasonal labour only

For more information you should visit the R & JM Place website.

Phone:  01692 536337 Fax:  01692 535493

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  Church Farm, Tunstead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RQ

·         S & A Produce

Recruit to meet their own demand for seasonal labour only

For more information you should visit the S & A Produce website.

Phone:  01432 880235 Fax:  01432 880644

Address:  Brook Farm, Marden, Hereford, HR1 3ET

·          Sastak Ltd

Recruit on behalf of farms in the Shropshire & Staffordshire

areas only

For more information you should visit the Sastak Ltd website.

Phone:  01588 673636 Fax:  01588 672205

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  1 & 7 BDC, Business Park Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8DZ

 

·         Wilkin & Sons Ltd (International Farm Camp)

Recruit to meet their own demand for seasonal labour only

For more information you should visit the Wilkin & Sons Ltd website.

Phone:  01621 815407/815496 Fax:  01621 814555

Email:  [email protected]

Address:  Hall Road, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, C05 0RF

Address:  Unit 3, Honeybourne Industrial Estate, Evesham, WR11 7QF

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