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The Impact of Labour Costs on Agriculture


A follow up to a NFU study into the financial implications of National Living Wage (NLW) for UK Horticulture shows the dramatic cost increases to the sector over the last decade.


Since the introduction of NLW in the UK (1st April 2016), the minimum salary has increased by over 34% from £6.50 to £8.72. In that same time period the median sales price of Broccoli has only risen 9%.


With the added factors of Brexit and the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting seasonal labour recruitment from overseas, labour costs are looking to increase further for 2021.


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ASSESSING THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE FOR UK HORTICULTURE

A follow-up paper to the December 2015 Report prepared on behalf of The National Farmers’ Union (December 2020)

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