A Post Brexit Solution To Help British Farmers

by Navigator Recruitment Ltd in London, Greater London, England

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by December 21st 2018 at 9:18pm

Our goal is to build and maintain a massive database of available, EU seasonal labour and make it available for farms all over the UK

by Navigator Recruitment Ltd in London, Greater London, England

Description

Post Brexit, British farmers are facing a dilemma in terms of a potentially serious shortage in the availability of seasonal fruit and vegetable pickers from Eastern Europe. Due to Brexit, and the fact that the eastern European economies are thriving, the farmers and growers are facing difficulties in finding farm workers. Post-Brexit migrant farm worker visa scheme is cannot solve the whole problem, but with the power of public funds we can develop a solution to help them overcome this impending crisis and avert a hefty rise in the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables in the shops.

Introduction

We are Navigator Recruitment Ltd, a new team of dedicated recruitment specialists with connections in 5 different Eastern European countries. We believe that in the times like these, a fresh and unique approach in the recruitment is the need of the hour. Our focus is to screen and recruit individuals, who are suitable for employment within the UK agriculture industry, and provide them with temporary placements on farms around the UK.

Project

With years of practical experience in this field, we are committed to use local, face to face type recruitment to get the EU seasonal workers in touch with the UK farmers. This process involves collaboration with independent recruitment agents from different EU countries, who will advertise these UK casual farm jobs in their respective regions. We have already established partnerships with individual recruitment agents from Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, they are all ready to start.


Our agents will forward leads onto us and we will undertake the final interviews and screening, then we will place each applicant onto our database. The goal is to build and maintain a huge database of available, seasonal labour, which can then be allocated to various farms all over the UK each year. In order to provide an effective solution, we need to find the data of at least 20 000 new workers. We would hope to make the database accessible to farmers from March 2019.

Reason for funds

We have been working on this project from July of this year, but without sufficient funds this has been a very slow process. Initially we need to expand our recruitment operation to other Eastern European countries for example Bulgaria and to assist our independent agents with ongoing, local advertising costs and other expenses like travelling or organising events. We also need to initiate awareness of the project via digital media advertising and information websites to help their work.

This is a huge international project but with the help of your funding we will be able to complete it in time for the 2019 harvest season. Farmers will benefit from a much more cost-effective and reliable recruitment service with much lower fees compared to traditional UK recruitment agencies.  

Note: Agents will not receive payment from any funds raised. Instead, they are paid on a commission basis only, when their applicants are employed.

Benefits

Our experience shows that this unique approach to the recruitment of casual labour, can help to calm the fears of Eastern European  workers, and remove much of the negativity associated with the uncertainty of Brexit. UK farmers will be able confidently plan their harvesting with the assurance they will have the labour they need, when they need it. The alternative is for farmers to pay exceptionally high wages to UK workers (if they can find any) at the expense of the UK consumer.

Recruitment agencies will struggle to meet demand…

Many established recruitment agencies have reported that they expect to be unable to secure enough workers to pick fruit and vegetables in the coming year and beyond. A survey by the National Farmers Union confirmed that in 2017 there was a 12.5% shortfall of seasonal workers required to work on horticulture farms. This figure is set to rise dramatically as the consequences of Brexit take hold, leaving farmers and growers facing a labour supply crisis.

Why we started this project?

Balazs Slezak, founder and HR Coordinator: I have been recruiting Eastern European workers in the UK for different industries since 2008. I know the average circumstances of the less fortunate, that is why I strongly believe that with the right approach and sufficient funds we can make UK farms attractive for seasonal workers. The average salary in the UK is three times more than in the countries from which these workers come. The unemployment rate in the poorest regions is still high, and other EU countries are not able to accommodate as many workers as are available. The only issue we have to tackle is the uncertainty caused by Brexit, which is something we can do with the help of our local agents.

Wage comparison

How you can help

You can help by sharing this story or by contributing to this crowdfunder. You might think what your small donation would do for us, but, understand that even a small amount matters, as it all adds up. So, by donating the price of a cup of coffee or more, you are helping us in a big way, and taking us a step closer to our goal. Please give what you can today - it really does make a difference.

RELEVANT ARTICLES

Lack of migrant workers left food rotting in UK fields last year, data reveals

(source: The Guardian

Brits don’t want to work on farms – so who will pick fruit after Brexit?

(source: Independent)

Brexit: Farmers fear more crops will rot in fields as EU workers move abroad

(source: Sky News)

UK fruit farmers feel the squeeze as Brexit looms

(source: CNN)

Migrant labour and agriculture

(source: www.ukandeu.ac.uk)

Brexit effect puts harvest at high risk as seasonal migrant workers deterred

(source: www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk)

Brexit's effect on our environment: food and farming

(source: friendsoftheearth.uk)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Our Eternal Gratitude

Fund us with £5 and you have our undying gratitude for your donation!

£15 or more

A thank you for believing in us

Pledging £15 you will get a thank you email from the team, and a shout out on all our Social Media thanking you for your reward. Plus regular updates from our team on the progress of the project, including the size of our database.

£20 or more

Postcard signed by seasonal workers

Postcard featuring UK farms, signed by the team and 100 newly recruited Eastern European seasonal labourers. Plus regular updates from our team on the progress of the project, including the size of our database.

£20 or more

A bag for life

Show your support for UK Farmers when you shop with an organic jute bag having our fundraising logo.

£40 or more

Come and see what you supported

We invite you for a short visit and a cup of tea to any of our cooperative partner's farms so that you can see for yourself what you have supported.

£45 or more

Freshly harvested vegetables

For showing your support to the UK Farmers you will receive a complimentary box of freshly harvested vegetables after the harvest season starts.

£150 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Freshly harvested vegetables for a month

For showing your support to the UK Farmers you will receive a complimentary box of freshly harvested vegetables after the harvest season starts, every week, for a month.

£160 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Half day experience

We invite you for a short visit and a cup of tea to any of our cooperative partner's farms so that you can see for yourself what you have supported. On this farm, you can also help with the day job for a few hours, work with EU seasonal workers on the field, and experience for yourself how extremely difficult their job!

£200 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Full day experience

We invite you for a short visit and a cup of tea to any of our cooperative partner's farms so that you can see for yourself what you have supported. On this farm, you can also help with the day, work with EU seasonal workers on the field, and experience for yourself how extremely difficult their job!

£300 or more

5% discount for farm owners

5% discount from our low price recruitment fee for the 2019 season (1 pledge per farm).

£500 or more

10% discount for farm owners

10% discount from our low price recruitment fee for the 2019 season (1 pledge per farm).


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