Horticultural trades


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. NVQs/SVQs in Horticulture are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Professional qualifications from the Royal Horticultural Society are also available.

Typical tasks

  • prepares soil in field, bed or pot by hand or machine;
  • mixes soil, composts, fertilisers and/or organic matter and spreads fertiliser and manure;
  • sows seeds and bulbs and transplants seedlings;
  • propagates plants by taking cuttings and by grafting and budding, applies weed-killer, fungicide and insecticide to control pests and diseases;
  • prunes and thins trees and shrubs;
  • supports trees by staking and wiring.

Common job titles

Planter, tea
Pruner (fruit growing)
Fruitman, head
Manufacturer, seed
Foreman, house, glass
Pruner (horticultural nursery)
Technician, horticultural
Planter, tree
Assistant, nursery (horticultural nursery)
Assistant, gardener's (horticultural nursery)
Assistant, house, green
Gardener (market gardening)
Assistant, nursery (agriculture)
Foreman (horticulture)
Landscaper, interior
Gardener, nursery
Pruner, tree (fruit growing)
Gardener (fruit growing)
Gardener (horticultural nursery)
Supervisor, nursery
Assistant, gardener's (market gardening)
Foreman (horticultural nursery)
Gardener, market
Planter, coffee
Assistant, horticultural
Grower (ornamental tree nursery)
Planter, rubber
Assistant, nursery, garden
Planter, tobacco
Worker, seed
Gardener, fruit
Grafter (agriculture)
Cultivator, watercress