There are approximately 1 million employees in the sector, accounting for 3.4% of total employment in the UK, plus a further 500,000 volunteers.
The sector faces a continuing decline in total employment, with a further 15% of jobs expected to be lost over the next 10 years. However, a net requirement of 97,400 employees will be needed across all occupations
Source: NGRF: University of Warwick
Skill requirements and shortages: Agriculture
The current skill needs in the industry are:
More older people are retiring and are not being replaced by young people with the right skills.
The most common skill gaps are for: field interpretation and species identification skills; heritage management; chain-saw training; first aid refresher courses; minibus driving; and trailer towing.
There is a need for highly skilled staff and for relevant practical experience.
Source: Advice Resources.