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We asked some of our clients this question and this is what they said!

Here are the top 5 answers;


  1. Advertising costs – Job posting is not cheap especially when unfilled roles require re-posting over a number of weeks.
  2. Time wasters – This included no shows to interviews and candidates with no farm experience applying for higher skilled roles.
  3. Accommodation – Clients recruiting nationally found that they needed to provide accommodation. Top reasons for difficulties were obtaining/building new premises where none existed and negotiations around shared living areas.
  4. Finding the right personality – Clients expressed frustration around finding a new employee who would fit into their existing team.
  5. Being busy – Recruiting requires the time to head hunt and pre-screen applications quickly. Being understaffed created extra pressure on farm so farmers were often torn between mucking in and recruiting.