Welcome to AGRI-HR.

We are a UK based company, specialising in recruitment 
for the agricultural sector in the United Kingdom and Europe.

We screen, interview and prepare candidates for their seasonal agricultural job.

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ALP accreditated

Proud to be a Council Member of the Association of Labour Providers (ALP).

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Licensed by The GLAA

We conduct our recruitment practices in accordance with the GLAA requirements.

experience

RECRUITING SINCE 2004

AGRI-HR team has been recruiting for the agricultural sector since 2004.

great people create the difference

british, EU and non-EU workers


We select candidates from the UK and Bulgaria for EU and the UK employers.

We also recruit candidates for existing SWP Operators from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Macedonia, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. These candidates are placed with the UK employers. 

We work with other seasonal agricultural worker schemes for non-EU workers for European farms. 

our focus

We focus on seasonal agricultural workers. We also recruit skilled staff such as tractor drivers, mechanics, spray operators, crop husbandry and agronomy staff.

Countries we recruit from

Great Britain

The need for agricultural workers is massively outstripping current supply.

Businesses in fresh food production are essential to #FeedTheNation. We encourage anyone in the UK to apply for the seasonal agricultural work to help #FeedTheNation.


We also recruit experienced tractor drivers, spray operators and crop husbandry staff from the United Kingdom. 

The United Kingdom

Russia

Russia is a huge country with a wealth of agricultural experience. Labour market in Russia offers a large number of skilled and non-skilled, motivated, people with good level of English and work ethics. 

Employees from Russia consider working abroad as a window of opportunity, the therefore want to build good working relationships in order to return to their employer for future seasons. 

Russia

Bulgaria

Bulgarian nationals have a strong association with seasonal agricultural work in the UK as they were one of the two countries in the SAWS scheme during 2007 to 2014.

Many farms have employed Bulgarian nationals for many years and are looking to supplement their loyal returnees with new workers from Bulgaria with EU Settled and Pre-Settled Status.                                             

Bulgaria

Belarus

Belarus is bordering with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Natural conditions encourage the development of agriculture. Both livestock and crop production are well developed. Agricultural land occupies almost half of the entire area of the country.

Due to low wages the rural population seek temporary employment in cities or outside of Belarus. The SWP programme is seen as a fantastic opportunity by Belarus nationals. 

Belarus

Moldova

Moldova is bordering with Romania and Romanian (as well as Russian) is widely spoken in Moldova. 

Agriculture in Moldova is the backbone of the country's economy. Agricultural products are highly competitive in the world market for their prices and quality. 

For those farms who have traditionally employed hard working Romanian nationals since 2007, Moldovan nationals complement the workforce already on the farm. 

Moldova

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is one of the Balkan countries, bordering with Bulgaria. Bulgarian widely spoken. 
The leading sectors in the agriculture are tobacco, vegetable and fruit growing and sheep breeding. 

North Macedonia is a eligible for an automatically reduced VISA fee by £55.
For those farms who have traditionally employed hard working Bulgarian nationals since 2007, North Macedonia nationals complement the workforce already on the farm.                                 

North Macedonia

kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is bordering with Russia. It is a former Soviet Union Republic. Russian is the second language. 

About 16% of the state's workforce is employed in the agriculture. Over 31,000 agricultural enterprises and 32,000 small farms operate in the country. 

47% of population live in villages and the SWP programme is seen as a fantastic opportunity, especially amongst young Kazakhstanis. 

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous agrarian country. The agriculture in Kyrgyzstan is one of the leading sectors of the economy. Russian language is widely used in the country. 

The share of agricultural sector in the whole of countries economy is 24%. 

About 65% of the country's population lives in rural areas. Many young people are looking for a temporary job abroad due to the high unemployment levels at home. 

tajikistan

Tajikistan is located in Central Asia. Mountain range occupies 93% of the territory of the country.

The agriculture is one of the main sectors of the economy of the Republic of Tajikistan and the main agricultural product is cotton.

Tajikistanis are hardworking and loyal people. Russia is a popular destination for migrants workers and that’s where Tajikistan nationals are recruited from by AGRI-HR.  

uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is located in the central region of Central Asia. Uzbekistan ranks second in the world in the export of cotton fibre and is one of the ten largest countries - producers of raw silk.  About 40% of the working population is employed in the agriculture and most of the people are fluent in Russian. 

The rural population lives in auls (traditional rural settlements). Jobs in auls are predominantly agricultural, where wages are low and manual labour is the norm. 


health questionnaire
each candidate will complete a detailed questionnaire 

dexterity test
the test estimates productivity  potential

competition in pairs
motivation and competitive spirit

How we identify good people for work

We see each candidate face to face

On recruitment stage we spend 60 minutes on average in phone, group and personal communication with each applicant. 

Our recruiters are trained to use psychological profiling techniques to interview candidates in consideration of work ethics, stress reaction and immigration laws.

We keep people's expectations aligned

We provide realistic picture of working abroad as a seasonal worker. 

We explain employers' expectations, demonstrate photos of the actual work and accommodation.   

We reject people with conflict tendencies

Arriving to a different country, working, living and communicating with an employer can be stressful for a migrant worker. 

This is why we observe people in groups and simulate mild provocative situations to reveal reaction to mild stress. We only accept candidates with low reaction level to mild stress situations. 

We love candidates who play team sports

We found that people who play sport adapt to agricultural work faster and easier. They have higher motivation and well developed communication skills.    

customers' process

STEP BY STEP

We made our process simple, fast and effective.

step 1. get in touch

Get in touch to discuss how AGRI-HR can help your business to gain great people to harvest your crop and pack your produce efficiently.

step 2. desktop audit

Every farm will have a desktop audit. We go through great detail to establish working and living conditions for the seasonal workers.

Step 3. Meeting / farm audit

We really like to meet our customers in person. Medium to larger farms will have a farm audit ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours.

Step 4. signing a supply agreement

A signed agreement in place between AGRI-HR and the Employer is a condition of the GLAA. AGRI-HR cannot supply workers without a signed agreement.

We work very hard for our farming and fresh produce customers and applicants alike to ensure crops can be grown, harvested and packed efficiently and for the applicants to enjoy a rewarding period of employment in agriculture.

Good Reasons to Work with Us

Carefully sourced labour

We designed and tested every detail of our recruitment process to ensure a satisfactory outcome for both, farmers and workers.  



Workers for farms of all sizes

We recognise the importance of your operational decisions, investment in your crop and hard work no matter if you need 1 person or 1,000 people.



We understand your needs

We have 34 years of combined operational and recruitment experience in soft fruit and other agricultural sectors. 



AGRI-HR Key Contacts

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Jan-Willem Naerebout

AGRI-HR FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR


From 2001 - Operations Director for large agri-businesses

2007 - Initiated an industry leading ethical recruitment process from Eastern European countries

2018 - Founded AGRI-HR


 
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Elena Tustin

RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR, RUSSIA


2004 - Recruitment Manager under SAWS for the agricultural sector

2007 - Implemented an industry leading ethical recruitment process from Eastern European countries

2020 - Joined АGRI-HR


 
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Stefan Borisov

RECRUITMENT MANAGER, BULGARIA

2007 - SAWS participant on a large UK farm


2007 - Recruited in line with an industry leading ethical recruitment process from Bulgaria

2018 - Joined АGRI-HR