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A new executive recruitment service for the agri-business and food sector was launched by HOPS Labour Solutions – the commercial arm of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) –at LAMMA 2018 to help plug the industry’s skills shortage.

HOPS has over 25 years experience of working in the agricultural and horticultural sector, finding seasonal and temporary labour for UK farms, and is using its credentials and reputation to expand its recruitment services.

Director John Hardman said: “Over the last three years we have developed our skilled recruitment brand, appointing tractor drivers, dairy staff and general farm workers, which has lead to enquiries from businesses searching for working farm managers, agronomists and sales professionals.”

HOPS is one of the largest seasonal and temporary worker providers, a sector which has become particularly pressured since the Brexit vote.

Hardman added: “All sectors of the industry have desperate skills shortages, particularly dairy, and as an industry we have a perception issue and are not viewed as an attractive career option. We have an ageing workforce without replacements and mechanisation is not the answer. HOPS’ new executive service means that we can help to attract and appoint skilled workers to the industry. We will be doing all we can to promote the benefits and opportunities available in this exciting industry.”

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