Full-time farmworker numbers fall almost 4% in 2017

The number of full-time farmworkers in England fell by 3.7% in the year to June 2017.

Annual June agricultural census data released on 21 December shows the number of regular full-time farmworkers fell to 45,000, while casual employment on farms rose 10.3% over the year to 48,000.

The full-time figure of 45,000 compares with 63,000 in 2000. Casual numbers have grown from 45,000 in 2000.

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There were also more farmers and family members working in farming in the year to June. The number of farmers, directors, partners and spouses employed on farms rose 1% to 175,000, although this is also well down on 2000, when there were 186,000 in this category.

More salaried farm managers are being employed, with 11,000 recorded in this category for 2017, a rise of 0.6% on the previous year and up from 10,000 in 2000.

Farmer numbers and farm  workforce – England

 

2000

2016

2017

Change 2016-2017

Number of people working on commercial agricultural holdings on 1 June: England

333,000

302,000

306,000

+ 1.6%

Farmers, partners, directors and spouses

186,000

173,000

175,000

+1%

Salaried managers

10,000

11,000

11,000

+0.6%

Regular full-time workers

63,000

47,000

45,000

-3.7%

Regular part-time workers

30,000

27,000

27,000

+0.7%

Casual workers

45,000

44,000

48,000

+10.3%

Source: Defra