Make money fruit picking this Summer

Make money fruit picking this Summer

02 April 2020
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Fruit picking is a great way to make money in the summer – and with the coronavirus pandemic, pickers are in higher demand than ever before.

The summer’s almost here and what better way to enjoy the great British weather than by earning some cash picking fruit? Fruit picking in the UK takes place in the summer months, usually from June to September when strawberries, apples and hops are harvested. Depending on the summer month, you will be picking a certain fruit. For example, strawberries and gooseberries are often picked from early June to mid July, plums and apples are picked in late August and pears are picked in September.

Why is demand so high?

The concern about fruit and vegetable supply in the UK isn’t the problem. Despite the panic-buying seen at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, food supplies are still plentiful. In reality, the problem comes down to the workforce.

Most fruit pickers in the UK are migrant workers. However, with international travel severely restricted due to the coronavirus, farmers are crying out to the British population to join their fruit-picking army in time for the summer.

Thousands of migrant workers who would normally visit the UK for the fruit-picking season won’t be able to make the journey this year. So, it’s up to those already living in the UK to help farmers (and earn cash, too!).

What’s involved?

Woman picking fruit in summer

This is one of the few jobs in the world where it’s as simple as it sounds. You’ll be shown how to determine whether a fruit is ripe enough for picking, and what to do with them once picked. Often, accommodation is provided as part of the job too, so you can spend your summer living in a new location, working outdoors, and getting fit!

There are no skills required and you won’t need previous experience. All you need is to be able to speak English and have a strong willingness to work hard. This is a physically demanding job, so you need to be in good health. It’s a good way to burn those calories and spare tyres built up in self-isolation, too!

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