Defra requested information from any organisation interested in operating a Seasonal Workers Pilot for 2019 and 2020 by Tuesday 17 October 2018. Defra will select 2 organisations from the responses to provide final proposals to the Home Office.
This document lays out the details of the pilot, our expectations for pilot operators, and sets out how we will consider responses.
The Seasonal Workers Pilot will allow recruitment of a limited number of temporary migrants for specific seasonal roles in the horticultural sector. The pilot will be managed by the Home Office under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker category.
The clarification questions and answers document sets out the answers to queries received by 28 September 2018.
April 2019 update
Defra has now selected the two Pilot Operators who will be responsible for the process of recruiting workers: