Frequently Asked Questions

The below FAQs provide further information on the Seasonal Worker’s Pilot Scheme, and Pro-Force Limited as a Scheme Operator. For further information on the scheme, please visit the Worker’s page, or the Labour User’s page.

A: The government is introducing a Seasonal Worker’s Pilot Scheme for 2019-2020, which will enable the recruitment of 2,500 temporary migrant workers for specific roles in the edible horticultural sector. The Workers visas will be sponsored by the Scheme Operators under the new Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker route. Visas will be limited to 6 months per year during the two year pilot.

A: You can find out more information about the pilot via the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information

A: Pro-Force and Concordia are the two scheme operators selected by Defra and the Home Office to run the pilot scheme. Being a pilot scheme operator allows us to sponsor, manage, supply and report on 1,250 migrant workers into the edible horticulture sector to farmers across the UK.

A: The scheme allows the operator to recruit globally outside of the EU.

A: The pilot will cover the recruitment of seasonal labour for work solely within the edible horticulture sector.

Defra defines the edible horticulture sector to include the following:

  • Protected vegetables
  • Field vegetables, including vegetables, herbs, leafy salads and potatoes etc.
  • Soft fruit, including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries etc.
  • Top fruit (orchard fruit)
  • Vine and bines
  • Mushrooms

A: Workers will be allocated based on a weighted scoring system. Scores will be determined based on a selection of questions and criteria including location, crop varieties, quantity of workers required, length of requirement and availability of accommodation. An objective of the Pilot Scheme is to ensure that the scheme is piloted across a broad cross section of the eligible sectors and across the UK.

A: We will be able to provide Pilot Scheme Workers to employers based all over the UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A: A link on the website will direct prospective employers to where they can register interest. Their details will be stored and they will be contacted with more information in due course.

REGISTER YOU INTEREST

A: A link on the website will direct workers to where they can register interest. Their details will be stored and they will be contacted with more information in due course.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

A: This is a multi-faceted approach, achieved through targeted recruitment, education, close monitoring of workers during their stay, work restrictions on the visa, managing return travel, checks to confirm departure and finally incentives.

A: We, as Stronger Together Business partners, since its establishment in 2014, work to ensure that all our staff are equipped with the skills they need to recognise signs of modern slavery and forced labour within our business. Our systems and processes ensure that we mitigate these risks through, for example, directly recruiting in the home country, avoiding the risk of 3rd party agents and their fees, having multilingual independent help line advertised on all our sites, ensuring that workers are educated in their rights and the fact that we have a very open door policy. Under the pilot scheme we will also be reporting weekly to the Home Office on workers pay, rates, holiday, sickness etc ensuring providing fully transparent evidence that workers are being paid correctly, on time and in accordance with UK employment law.

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