Temporary Seasonal workers in the UK get a breather until the end of 2024!

Temporary Seasonal workers in the UK get a breather until the end of 2024!

Here is some excellent news for the seasonal workers holding the temporary visa to the UK because the UK government has recently announced that it is extending the scheme until the end of 2024. However, there will be a gradual decrease in the quota from 2023 onwards. 

The UK government will offer 30,000 Visas for workers to come to the UK for almost six months for jobs like fruit, flower, and vegetable picking. The intake would increase to 40,000 slowly. 

However, from the year 202, the number of visas "will begin to taper down," the government said, adding that it is demanding "a plan from the sector to cut the reliance on foreign labor."

The government of the UK focuses on the pay and the living conditions of the employees. To this effect, these workers should be paid a minimum salary.

The limited extension "strikes the right balance of supporting the industry while it transitions to employing and prioritizing domestic workers," said Kevin Foster, minister for safe and legal migration.

Following Brexit, as it became apparent that the UK was dependent on migrant labor in various low-paid sectors, including agriculture, the scheme was launched as a pilot in March 2019 to recruit non-EU workers.

 Earlier in September also announced it was offering 10,500 three-month visas for lorry drivers and poultry workers to ease a considerable shortfall hitting fuel supplies and related industries.

 Scott Walker, chief executive of National Farmers Union Scotland, tweeted that the government was "sneaking out bad news on Xmas eve," adding that the announcement that visa numbers will be reduced from 2023 was "devastating news to Scottish soft fruit and veg."

 The National Farmers Union's vice president Tom Bradshaw, however, in a statement, said it was optimistic that the government was giving growers "clarity over the future of the scheme for the next three years."

The UK now seems to be the hub teeming with opportunities for farm and seasonal workers. To know more about these Visas and land in the UK sooner, talk to our UK immigration experts in VisaMint Overseas Services. You can WhatsApp us instantly or even drop us an email and we will reach you sooner. 

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