In June 2020 Tyfu Cymru conducted a survey to better understand the current labour demands of commercial Welsh horticulture operations and to see if and how Covid-19 has impacted the labour requirements of these businesses.

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Summary of findings

  • 49% of Welsh edible growers have sourced seasonal labour in 2020
  • The most popular source of seasonal labour is ‘UK labour’ at 19 businesses (37%). The least popular source at 2 businesses is paid interns/new entrants (4%)
  • 3 businesses (6% ) hired non-UK seasonal labour
  • 13% of businesses have experienced Covid-19 related staff absence
  • A third (33%) of businesses have experienced cost increases in 2020 as a result of Covid-19
  • The primary reasons for the increase in costs include:

- PPE costs

- Additional labour to cover staff absence

- Change in selling strategy

 - Scaling up costs due to increase in demand - Increased supplier prices

  • No issues with sourcing labour as a result of Covid-19 were identified
  • 1 in 4 businesses (24%) were aware of the Lantra Skills Matching Service