Seasonal Labour: Government launches service to help poultry firms find workers

The Department of Work & Pensions has set up an email service to help connect poultry businesses with UK workers.

To use the service, send an email to bst1.deliveryteam@dwp.gov.uk with details of:

The number of jobs you have to fill

A brief description of the type of work

The location with postcode

Contact details (phone and email) – please state your preferred method of contact

The best time for you to be contacted.

In the face of unprecedented shortages of permanent staff and seasonal labour throughout the poultry industry, Defra said it was “encouraging all sectors to make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers through offering training, careers options, wage increases and to invest in increased automation technology.”

To help with these efforts, Defra is working with industry and DWP to raise awareness of career opportunities within the poultry sector among UK workers.

All poultry businesses are encouraged to advertise roles through the Find A Job website, where they can upload and manage their vacancies. 

Additionally, DWP said it would provide additional support to help promote and fill vacancies by enabling poultry businesses to engage directly with their local Jobcentre Plus office. 

A spokesman for Defra said: “The British people voted for us to end free movement and take back control of our immigration system, and that is exactly what we have delivered. We have implemented a new points-based system which works in the interests of the UK by prioritising the skills we already have in the UK while attracting the talent our economy needs to grow.

“As the independent Migration Advisory Committee concluded in its most recent report, the sector has been over-reliant on migrant workers for many years.  It is important that businesses make jobs more attractive to UK workers by improving training, career pathways, pay and working conditions increasing salaries rather than relying on migrants, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigration must be considered alongside investment in, and development of, the UK’s domestic labour force, rather than as an alternative to it.”

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