About Working With Us
Thank you for your interest in working on the farm.
On paper we are fully booked for the workers we require for this season and at present, we are unable to offer any work on the farm.
For your additional information, the situation can change on a daily basis so we are offering to keep a list of people who are still looking for work so we can offer any vacancies which may become available, but at the present time, this list is quite extensive.
TYPE OF WORK & THE FARM
This is a Soft Fruit Farm and our crops are normally harvested between June and September. When you come you will be working here as a casual worker for harvest and, for reasons of crop, weather and customer demand, work cannot be promised at any time and there are no normal working hours.
We are a family run business and have been established for over 30 years. The farm covers 140 acres with 20 acres of Strawberries, 27 acres of Raspberries and 3 acres of Blackberries. The remaining land is used for the production of Barley, Potatoes, and environmentally friendly crops to promote natural pollination of soft fruit and encourage wildlife.
The camp offers accommodation in static caravans which sleep from 4 to 6 people at £57.40 per week per person. All caravans are self-catering with kitchen, gas cooker and fridge. The first bottle of gas is included in the first week's facility fee and then can be purchased at £25 per cylinder.
All caravans have a toilet and shower. We organise a bus twice a week to the local supermarket for you to buy fresh food. The farm has free wi-fi and there are laundry facilities at £2 per 8 kg load.
The farm is 3 miles from the town of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, which has great bus links to the cities of Perth and Dundee. It is only 18 miles from Perth and 22 miles from Dundee. The most popular day-trip destinations are St Andrews, Edinburgh and Inverness.
At the peak of our season, we have up to 200 employees of varying nationalities.
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HOLIDAYS & WAGES
Regular and overtime pay rates and holiday entitlement are in accordance with the terms of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Order. We shall give you a payslip on each payday which will show the hours worked; the hourly rate of pay applicable and the resultant legal wage to which you are entitled. It will also show any additional monies you have earned as
a result of any piece work rate set.
We do not pay wages during breaks such as meals. Much work will be done on Piece Work based on your own individual production. Wages are calculated daily as above and will be paid weekly. You can request payment weekly or into your on-farm account (this is not a Bank Account). This money will be given to you when you leave the farm, or whenever you request it on a weekly payday. You will be asked to sign for your money.
TYPICAL HOURS OF WORK
The majority of work on our farm will be on piece work basis, when weather plus state of the crop will play a part. The farm usually works a 7 day week with at least 1 day off arranged per week, crop, weather and customer demand permitting. The farm would normally work no more than a 48 hour week.
However, the nature of this employment is such that your hours of work will vary and there are no normal working hours. It is a condition of your employment that you work flexibly in accordance with the working arrangements we operate. It is a term of this contract that there may be periods when no work is available for you to do. We have no obligation to provide you with any work under this contract or to provide any minimum number of hours work in any day or week. You shall be available to work when requested unless otherwise agreed in advance with us. Repeated non-availability for work unless through reported sickness or prior agreement is likely to be considered a good reason to terminate your employment.
The Working Day is dictated by me and the supervisors and no harvesting will take place unless the supervisors are present. In very hot weather, the hours actually worked can be altered by mutual agreement, but on the whole, we like to start around 08:00 and not finish after 17:00 hours.