Independent Labour Review – your chance to have your say

First published: 26 October 2022

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Defra's survey into labour shortages in agriculture is your opportunity to tell the Independent Labour Review what is happening in your business. 

In August 2022 the government announced that an Independent Review panel will look at labour shortages across agriculture, horticulture and the wider food supply chain.

The Independent Review panel will consider the challenges farming businesses face to recruit and retain the labour they need now and in the future.

The review panel has started its work and has launched a business survey to gather wide and rich data to help them understand the issues farming businesses face.

To take part in the survey, visit: Defra | Independent Review into Labour Shortages survey. Continue reading for more information about completing the survey.

You can find our more about the Independent Review at: GOV.UK | Defra updates on Independent Review into Labour Shortages in the Food Supply Chain

When will the survey run?

The survey opened on 24 October 2022 and will close on 21 November 2022.

Which sectors does the survey cover?

The survey covers all agricultural and horticultural sectors except ornamental horticulture.

How can ornamental growers make their voice heard?

The terms of reference for the Independent Labour Review excludes ornamental horticulture.

However we think that the voice and views of ornamental growers need to be known and so we strongly recommend that ornamental growers complete the survey in any event identifying that they have an ornamental business by using the box marked ‘other’ in Part 1 of the survey.

How long will the survey take?

The online survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is online but you can download a PDF containing the questions here so that all the information needed can be gathered in advance. Download: Independent Review into Labour Shortages survey

How do I access the Independent Review into Labour Shortages survey?

Visit: Defra | Independent Review into Labour Shortages survey

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