More Brits look for fruit picking jobs

Load Error Data from Indeed shows UK nationals have overtaken jobseekers abroad in their interest in such agricultural work for the first time in at least four years. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ Analysis of search trends on the major jobs site shows soaring interest among Brits in roles that UK farms and employment agencies have traditionally struggled to fill with domestic applicants. Many would-be migrants are either unwilling or unable to move to fill seasonal rolels because of the virus and travel curbs, despite UK and EU efforts to facilitate their movement. The industry has stepped up domestic recruitment, with ministers appealing to millions of furloughed and laid-off workers to fill temporary roles. Coronavirus: How the world’s economies recovered from previous crises (Lovemoney)  Indeed figures published on Tuesday mark an early sign the recruitment effort could pay off, not only attracting Brits but also boosting migrant interest. Analysis of CV data shows the previous jobs that have seen the biggest rise in applications for fruit picking roles. “Jobs related to food and hospitality have been severely impacted by shutdowns and our data suggests that some people who worked in these industries - as well as construction, which has ground to a near halt - are turning to fruit picker roles as a lifeline,” said Jack Kennedy, UK economist at Indeed. He said search levels overall were “extraordinarily high,” adding: “The virus has turned the labour market on its head.” Tom Bradshaw, vice-president of the National Farmers’ Union, said it had been working closely with the government to boost domestic recruitment.