Published: 09:10, 15 May 2020
| Updated: 12:36, 15 May 2020
Apple and pear growers in the county have joined a nationwide recruitment drive in a bid to get more Brits bring in this year's harvest.
The British Apples & Pears organisation estimates that 10,000 picking jobs will be available in their members’ orchards from August to October.
There will also be a smaller number of jobs available in June for apple thinning and summer pruning in orchards - critical to ensuring a good harvest later in the year.
Ali Capper, executive chair, British Apples & Pears, said: “It’s never been more important to deliver healthy British produce to consumers.
"Our newly launched recruitment campaign is designed to put people looking for work in direct touch with apple and pear growers who need help getting our delicious fruit from the trees to our tables.
"Fruit picking is hard work, but it’s rewarding knowing that you’re doing a valued job and it’s also a great time to be out in the beautiful British countryside.”
Harvest workers are paid at the national living wage and on many farms a productivity bonus is paid to workers based on the quantity and quality of their picking.
The British Apples & Pears recruitment campaign will include targeting people who had previously worked in the hospitality industry and have lost their jobs due to the crisis, as well as university students and workers from other sectors.
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