Fruit Picking at Fourayes
Our Bramley apples are normally ready to pick from early September to the middle of October and we average 12,000 tonnes of apples, picking around 1000 bins a week. These roles typically suit physically fit individuals, that are looking for seasonal or part-time & flexible work.
We know that not everyone can commit to the full picking shift, 7am to 4pm. So this year we are introducing flexible shifts and staggered start times.
Start at 7am, 11am or 1pm and work for as many hours as you can manage. Just let our Farm Manager know when you want to start and finish. You’ll be paid on full bins completed.
Please note that for the 2021 season there will be NO overnight accommodation on site.
For the ‘1st pick’ each picker is paid for full bins of Bramley apples at the required size. The rate is £10 per bin. On average, pickers fill one bin per hour. Bins will be checked to ensure that the apples meet the quality standards.
For the ‘2nd pick’ which normally commences at the beginning of October, the rate becomes hourly, as everyone works together to fill the central bins with the fruit that has grown to size during September. This rate will be minimum wage, or higher, depending on experience.
You will be paid weekly as a ‘seasonal worker’ on a cash basis for bins, or hours completed.
You will also be run through our payroll and we report to HMRC on a weekly basis. So, we will need your NI number to add you to, and process our payroll. No tax or national insurance will be deducted from your payments, but you will be responsible for declaring your earnings, either to your main employer or the HMRC.
End of Season BBQ
At the end of the season ALL the pickers that have helped bring in the harvest will be invited to a BBQ on the farm. Fourayes will supply all food and drink as a special thank you to the Picking Team.
At the BBQ we will announce our ‘Picker of the Season’ for which there will be a cash prize. This will be judged on productivity, but also reliability and affability.
“Hard work, yes but I really enjoyed the fun and friendship amongst the pickers, it also gave me a great way to fill the time in-between school runs and the nature and wildlife I saw was amazing!” Alison, Champion Picker 2019 from Bicknor
“Fruit Picking at Fourayes is a great experience! What an amazing way to enjoy being outdoors and working hard, whatever the weather. The work is challenging and you will need to be prepared for a few aches after the 1st week. But once you get used to it, it’s great fun and boosted my bank balance for the next term at Uni” Josh from Sittingbourne
Looking for something more permanent?
We are also recruiting for Production Line Operators in our factory, which is situated in the middle of our Bramley orchards. More details >>