Farm workers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Farm workers perform a variety of tasks, by hand and machine, to produce and harvest crops and to breed and rear cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.


There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by vocational training at an agricultural college. A variety of NVQs/SVQs in Agriculture are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • operates farm machinery to prepare soil, fertilise and treat crops;
  • cultivates growing crops by hoeing, spraying and thinning as necessary;
  • weighs and measures foodstuffs, feeds animals and checks them for any signs of disease;
  • cleans barns, sheds, pens, yards, incubators and breeding units and sterilises milking and other equipment as necessary;
  • treats minor ailments and assists veterinary surgeon as required;
  • moves and handles livestock and tends them during birth and rearing of young;
  • carries out maintenance on farm buildings, hedges, ditches and erects and repairs fences.

Common job titles

Man, poultry
Worker, field
Supervisor, unit, poultry
Attendant, pig
Operative, agricultural
Worker, farm
Keeper, cow
Help, farm
Handyman, farm
Hand, dairy (farming)
Man, job, odd (agriculture)
Collector, egg (poultry farm)
Attendant, poultry
Wife, farmer's
Worker, agricultural
Craftsman, agricultural
Labourer, agricultural
Worker, general (farming)
Assistant, farm
Hand, farm
Dairyman (farming)
Yardman (farming)
Labourer, farm
Handler, poultry
Man, gang (agriculture)
Stocksman (farming)
Master, gang
Assistant, general (agriculture)
Labourer (agriculture)
Worker, wire (hop growing)
Stockman (farming)
Worker, land
Assistant, poultry
Dairymaid (farming)
Worker, poultry
Man, yard (farming)
Cropper (agriculture)
Yardsman (farming)
Labourer, estate
Keeper, stock (agriculture)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.