Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture: Case Studies in the International Seasonal Migrant Labour Market. Commissioned report for the Scottish Government

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  • Steven Thomson
  • Rob MacMorran
  • Joshua Bird
  • Jane Atterton
  • Lorna Pate
  • Elliot Meador
  • Philomena De Lima
  • Paul Milbourne

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Scottish Government
Number of pages139
ISBN (Electronic)9781788517201
StatePublished - 3 Dec 2018


The seasonal and physical nature of aspects of agricultural work has resulted in some sectors of the Scottish industry, such as horticulture and dairy, becoming increasingly reliant on a supply of labour from outside the UK. Retaining access to this seasonal labour pool is critical to maintaining competitiveness in an increasing global industry, and many farmers and labour providers have voiced concerns regarding business uncertainty due to prospective future labour issues. The report presents key findings from a mixture of sources including administrative data, surveys of farmers and seasonal migrant workers, farmer and wider stakeholder interviews and also group interviews with seasonal migrant workers

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