According to the latest statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s largest independent job board, the number of agriculture jobs posted in August 2015 was 18.1 per cent higher than the same month a year earlier.
More impressively, there has been a huge rise in the number of applicants applying for the jobs posted, with 46.2 per cent more people applying to jobs this August than there were 12 months earlier, Personnel Today reported on Tuesday (15 September). This means that while an agriculture business could expect 17 applicants for a vacant position they posted in the summer of 2014, they are now receiving an average of 21.
This is positive news for agriculture companies, and indeed for the industry as a whole. With more people eyeing up a career in the sector there will be a larger talent pool for businesses to choose from, which in turn will provide a stronger platform for growth.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented on the findings: "The agriculture industry is defying a growing national trend; in most other industries as vacancies increase we see applicants become more selective in their job search, resulting in fewer applications per role. However, the data shows that the agricultural sector is demonstrating continued growth in both jobs and applications."
He added that while in recent years the job industry has seen more and more people moving into office-based jobs, it is good news to see more people favouring trade-based career paths.
However, Mr Biggins also warned that agriculture businesses avoid complacency as they receive more applicants for their job postings - the industry must continue to work to attract the best talent.
He said: "Recently 83.3 per cent of candidates in the sector listed training as ‘very important’ when considering a new employment opportunity – by offering more training and development as part of a career path, agricultural organisations will continue to attract more and more talented candidates to its vacancies."