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Review of Employment of Seasonal Agricultural Workers Launched

Feb 08, 2022


The Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel has launched a review of the rules of employment for seasonal workers in the agricultural industry following concerns raised by the Jersey Farmers’ Union.

As part of its review, the Panel will examine:

  • Whether the nine-month work permit allowance for seasonal workers in the agricultural industry is fit for purpose and whether it is possible to extend it.
  • The Social Security system under which seasonal workers are assessed.
  • The current system for issuing visas to seasonal workers.

As part of its review, the Panel will consult relevant stakeholders in the agriculture industry and Ministers before presenting a report highlighting its findings and recommendations to the States Assembly by the end of March.

Chair of the Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel, Deputy David Johnson, said: “This review emerged from concerns that current systems affecting seasonal workers within the agricultural industry lack Government support in several areas. Given the concern that some of the issues raised may be having a negative impact on the larger rural economy, our Panel will undertake a high-level review and seek to determine whether there is scope for greater flexibility and adjustment of the current rules which apply to seasonal workers in Jersey’s agricultural industry.”

Scrutiny Press Release.

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