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Typical jobs in this occupational group include crop and livestock farm labourers, horticultural and forestry labourers and fishery labourers.

Key facts:

  • Agricultural labourers form a small occupational group, equating to less than 1% of total EU-28 employment.
  • It is a group that has increased both in size and as a share of the total EU-28 workforce over the last decade; a trend that is forecast to continue to at least 2025.
  • While traditionally these workers have tended to hold low level qualifications, by 2025 it is expected that over half of agricultural workers in the EU-28 will have at least medium level qualifications.
  • Migrant workers make up a significant proportion of agricultural workers, so communication skills, an understanding of health and safety, and of other regulatory requirements, processes, and procedures are essential.
  • As technology impacts on the tools and machines such labourers use, their technical skills will have to improve likewise. Agriculture is at the forefront of sustainable development and labourers will need to adapt and develop their skills to accommodate environmental methods and regulations.

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