Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations n.e.c.


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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks in relation to the breeding and rearing of animals and fish, catch fish at sea and from inland waterways, assist in the picking and lifting of crops, plant and maintain hedges, oversee the incubation and hatching of eggs and perform other fishing and elementary agricultural tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 911: Elementary Agricultural Occupations.


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, Fish Husbandry and Fishing Vessel Operations is available at Levels 1 and 2. Fishermen/women are required to undertake safety courses before and during the early stages of employment.

Typical tasks

  • assists with the shooting, hauling and repairing of nets, prepares, lays and empties baited pots at intervals, operates winches and lifting gear, and guts, sorts and stows fish;
  • harvests oysters, mussels, clams and seaweed off natural or artificial beds, nets river fish and maintains them in spawning pens, assists with feeding and water treatment, and empties and cleans outdoor tanks;
  • cleans animals’ quarters and renews bedding as necessary;
  • extracts semen for storage, selects appropriate semen from store, injects recipient animal and issues certificate giving pedigree and date of insemination;
  • incubates eggs in hatchery and supplies chicks for meat and egg production and game birds for reserves;
  • plants cuttings or shrubs, maintains hedges by clipping, pruning and re-planting, and picks fruit, vegetables, hops and flowers;
  • performs other farming and related tasks not elsewhere classified including sorting and marking livestock, catching rabbits, cutting peat, shearing sheep and sexing chickens.

Common job titles

Catcher, bird
Mate, boat, fishing
Cutter, grass
Handyman, estate
Labourer (horticulture)
Loader, timber (forestry)
Picker, cockle
Crabber (fishing)
Labourer, garden
Hedger and ditcher
Mate, trawler
Worker, farm, fish
Cutter, hedge
Trapper (forestry)
Digger, bait
Man, trawler
Grader, pig
Shearer, sheep
Labourer, policy
Carter (farming)
Warder, river
Assistant, farm, mink
Picker, moss
Catcher, rabbit
Cutter, straw (farming)
Trusser (farming)
Cultivator, shellfish
Man, decoy
Classifier, livestock
Layer, hedge
Handyman, gardener's
Worker, horticultural
Worker, greenhouse (agriculture)
Picker, flower
Cutter, peat
Puller, pea
Member, crew (fishing)
Trapper, rabbit
Bosun (fishing)
Teamster (farming)
Collector, seaweed
Seaman (fishing)
Gatherer, mussel
Attendant, aquarium
Labourer, gardener's
Worker, general (horticulture)
Hand, maintenance (gardening, grounds keeping services)
Collector, moss
Picker (fruit, vegetable growing)
Worker, glasshouse
Grader, stock, live
Worker, farm, trout
Worker, turf
Worker, garden, market
Collector, reed
Worker, bulb (horticulture)
Washer (fruit, vegetable growing)
Worker, glass (agriculture)
Picker, fruit (farming)
Cutter, vegetable
Worker, bed, oyster
Worker, farm (fish farm, hatchery)
Gatherer, seaweed
Sexer, chick
Worker, seasonal (agriculture, market gardening)
Cutter, hay (farming)
Worker, hatchery (agriculture)
Teamsman (farming)
Cutter, reed
Worker, peat
Harvester, crop
Mower, lawn
Picker, hop
Labourer, landscape
Riddler, potato
Cutter, mushroom
Worker, estate
Layman, mussel
Hatcher, fish
Attendant, nursery (horticulture)
Labourer (landscape gardening)
Man, seed
Watcher, river
Technician, insemination, artificial
Digger, peat
Assistant, hatchery
Cutter, heath
Operator, hatchery
Worker, nursery
Incubationist (agriculture)
Mariner (fishing)
Worker, farm, salmon
Mate (fishing)
Collector, fern
Labourer, garden and parks
Milkman (farming)
Assistant, general (horticulture)
Dresser, potato
Catcher, chicken
Collector, kelp
Hand, third (fishing)
Hand, spare (fishing)
Picker, pea (farming)
Chopper, firewood
Gatherer, watercress
Hand, second (fishing)
Picker, mushroom
Hand, nursery
Cutter, watercress
Worker, hatchery (fishing)
Assistant, farm, fish
Labourer, parks
Inseminator, artificial
Worker, watercress
Hand, trawler
Picker, potato
Hand, deck (fishing)
Bo'sun (fishing)
Harvester (fruit, vegetable growing)
Boatswain (fishing)
Worker, crop (horticulture)