A world of paperwork and regulation
We, along with all other horti-agricultural businesses in South Holland, have since the turn of the millennium, relied on eastern European workers to do the manual tasks on the farm. This has never been because they are “cheap” but because they are much more productive than hard to find, UK-born workers.
There has been much talk in the press about the low productivity of the British economy and, along with car wash workers, farming has been blamed for using imported labour, rather than investing in high-tech machinery operated by just a few well-paid technicians.
I suspect low productivity is much more due to the highly-regulated regime we now live in. Most of my time is spent in the office completing paperwork that didn’t exist when I started my career back in the late 1970s.
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