Farmers

£31,720

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

45

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.71%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Farmers and related occupations cultivate arable crops, fruits and trees, and raise cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and other livestock for consumption.

Qualifications

No formal academic qualifications are required, but prior practical farming experience is normally needed. Training is typically received on-the-job and via a variety of vocational qualifications in agriculture, including NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 to 4. Apprenticeships are also available in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • feeds and waters animals, takes responsibility for livestock health and welfare, treats minor ailments and calls vet if necessary;
  • plants, propagates, sprays, fertilises and harvests field crops;
  • undertakes farm maintenance tasks such as fencing, hedging, cleaning and building maintenance;
  • operates and maintains farm machinery such as combine harvesters, straw balers, milking machines and tractors;
  • arranges for the sale of crops, livestock and other farm produce;
  • maintains records of production, finance and breeding;
  • ensures good environmental practice is observed in all tasks.

Common job titles

Farmer, trout
Bailiff, farm
Holder, small
Foreman (agriculture)
Farmer, fish
Steward, farm
Farmer (fish farm, hatchery)
Grieve
Manager, herd
Manager, poultry
Breeder
Contractor, agricultural
Bailiff, estate
Contractor (agricultural contracting)
Agent, farm
Keeper, pig
Hwsmyn
Rearer, poultry
Fieldman
Contractor, farm
Rearer, cattle
Contractor, ploughing
Producer, egg
Foreman-ganger (agriculture)
Technician, farm
Technician, agricultural
Sprayer, crop
Agent, livestock
Manager, unit, pig
Manager, livestock
Keeper, poultry
Crofter (farming)
Agriculturist
Fieldsman
Foreman, farm
Farmer
Manager, pig
Landholder
Farmer, salmon
Rearer, calf
Steward, estate
Bailiff, land
Farmer, game
Smallholder

Education background

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