Phase 1

Survey

The first element of core research for working for 5 a day is the development and roll out of a survey for growers, employers and workers of all kinds in horticulture. The survey will therefore take an inclusive approach to all those who work in horticultural production. The survey is now open in English, Romanian and Ukrainian, see below.

Are you a grower or fruit and vegetable worker? Complete the survey here: Working for ‘five a day’ (onlinesurveys.ac.uk)

Lucrați în producția de fructe sau legume? Vrem să înțelegem experiența dumneavoastră. Completați sondajul

Ви працюєте у галузі вирощування фруктів або овочів? Ми хочемо дізнатися про Ваш досвід. Пройдіть опитування.

The purpose of the survey is multiple, some of the expected results will be:

  • an overview of the impacts of Brexit and COVID 19 on the workforce
  • insights on how well farmers and workers feel valued in their roles
  • ways in which all types of workers manage changing labour and work needs through the seasons
  • informed starting points for qualitative research starting in Phase 2
  • demographic insights on the horticultural workforce

The survey is mainly composed of multiple choice questions which makes it easy to complete. A few open questions are included so participants can share their thoughts. Survey roll-out will be completed at the end of 2021.

Policy analysis

Alongside survey development, ongoing policy analysis is also taking place in phase one. Policy analysis will include the tracking of major policy developments in relation to UK trade and agriculture, and in relation to the UK Seasonal Workers Pilot programme. Current policies being reviewed and followed are:

  • The UK Seasonal Workers Pilot. This is currently a pilot programme, originally launched in 2019 with an initial limit of 2,500 visas that could be granted to non-EU migrant workers to come and work in the UK fruit and vegetable sector for up to 6 months. The scheme was extended in December 2020 to allow for up to 30,000 workers to work on UK farms for up to six months. See the DEFRA Announcement of 22 December 2020.
  • The Agricultural Transition process. We are following the process through which subsidy regimes change following Brexit. The agricultural transition began on 1 January 2021 and plans have been laid out for a process through which direct payments to farmers will reduce and then stop between 2021 and 2027. The plans outline ways in which payments will be made to improve the environment, animal health and welfare and reduce carbon emissions. See, The Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024.
  • New Trade Agreements. Following Brexit, the UK is negotiating trade agreements with a number of countries. Agriculture and food play a significant role in these agreements. Major developments will be included in the project policy analysis. See Trade Agreements with non-EU countries here.