Frequently Asked Questions

I am a Non-EU national. Can I apply for work at S&A?

Due to current legislation we are unable to employ you unless you fall under criteria allowing you to work in the United Kingdom.

I worked at S&A before. I would like to work at S&A again. How can I re-apply?

If you completed a request to return form before you left S&A this year please wait till we contact you by the end of December. Please check your e-mail regularly. If you have not received an e-mail by then or have not had any contact by S&A Staff, please get in touch with your country Recruitment Coordinator.

If you left S&A without completing our request to return form, please apply on-line and contact recruitment coordinator. Our HR department will consider your application. You will receive an answer from us by e-mail.

What is URN? Will I need it later?

URN is a Unique Reference Number. It is identical to a Username. Every application form has a Unique Reference Number. It is very important to make a note of your URN/ Username and password as you will need them to check the status of your application at a later stage. You will also need to quote your Username when you make an inquiry about your application.

What is Group Reference Number? Why do I need it?

This number helps us to identify a group of people wishing to travel/ arrive together. A Group Reference Number is either generated by clicking a relevant button on your application form, or by entering manually. If you are the first one among your friends to complete an application form and generate a Group Reference Number, please ensure that you let your friends/ family know it, so they can enter the same number on their application forms. 

How long does it take to receive an e-mail with login details?

Your login details get sent to your e-mail which you provide on your application form. It may take up to 20 minutes for the e-mail to reach you. Should you have not received the e-mail with login details please contact your Recruitment Coordinator .

My password doesn’t work. What should I do?

Copy and paste your password from the e-mail you received from us. If this is still not working contact your country Recruitment Coordinator.

Where could I find my login?

Your login details are sent to the e-mail address which you provided on your application form.

Could someone else complete an application for me?

We insist that the information entered on your application form has been seen and authorized by you. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information entered on your behalf is correct.

Can my friends and I share one application form?

All applicants have to complete their own application form. If you wish to travel with your friends/ family please use the Group Ref Number function to enable S&A to identify your group.

QUESTIONS RELATED TO ARRIVAL AND EMPLOYMENT AT S&A

I have been accepted at the interview but now found that I cannot go? Could anyone go instead of me?

If your friend or relative wants to replace you he/ she needs to complete an application form on-line and wait to be invited for the interview.

I am under 18. Can I apply for work at S&A?

No, due to Health and Safety and Home Office legislation we do not recruit anybody less than 18 years of age.

When and where can I sign my contract? Can I do this in my home country?

Contracts are signed at S&A at the time when you have your induction. A sample of a contract will be available for viewing at the time of the interview.

How long is the contract for?

Work is seasonal and the length of employment may be variable.  The company aims to retain the most productive workers.

Should I bring my driving license with me?

Yes, we advise you to bring your driving license. Although it is an accepted form of identification in the UK, the driving license is not accepted as a form of identification to cross borders.  

Do I need to have a passport or ID card with me when travelling to S&A?

You need to have a form of identification when crossing borders. We recommend you to bring both your passport and an ID card (if you have one).

Can I have a non-picking job at S&A?

Although there are some non-picking jobs carried out at the farm, we cannot guarantee these jobs to you. There is a limited number of non-picking jobs at the farm. They will be allocated subject to suitability. All applicants must be prepared to undertake picking jobs. 

Can you get me a job with another company?

No, we are recruiting for S&A needs only.

Is it possible to earn more than the minimum hourly rate?

Positions that require special skills are paid at a higher hourly rate. However, we operate a bonus scheme on a variety of jobs, allowing workers to potentially earn more than the basic hourly rate depending on their productivity.

What are the productivity targets? Will I be able to achieve them?

The productivity target for picking is an amount of trays you need to pick within 1 hour.

We are experienced growers and know what an average picker should be able to achieve. The targets are set daily depending on nature of the crop. It is in both the company’s and workers’ interest for productivity bonus to be achieved.

Do I have to pay for transport to/ from the field?

No, the company provides free transportation to and from work to S & A campsites. Anyone not living in an S&A campsite will have to make their own way to work.

Can I travel on the same date as my friends/ family? (Please see ‘What is Group Reference Number? Why do I need it?’)

Yes, you can. To enable us to issue you with the same arrival date we need you to put the same Group Reference Number as your friends’/ family’s Group Reference Number on your application.

Does the company provide food for workers?

S&A does not provide food. We have small shops on sites that sell necessities. We also have cooking facilities for your use.

How much money should I bring with me?

We have found that every person’s needs are different, therefore spending requirements may vary. We think that £50-100 should be enough until you receive your first payment providing that you are careful with what you spend. This is only a guideline and should not be seen as a rule.

I already have a bank account in my home country. Could I use this account to receive my wages?

No, we do not have any ways of transferring your wages to the account in your country. We will assist you with opening a bank account in England, into which we will transfer your weekly wages. This will make it easier for you to access your money on a regular basis.

Can I be paid in cash at the time I am working at S&A?

No, all company employees are paid by electronic transfer into their bank account.

Can I arrive in my car?

No, workers are not allowed to bring their cars, as stated in the campsite rules.

Can I bring my child with me?

No, the farm is a working environment and not suitable for children. Accommodation at S&A is only available for people working at S&A.

Can I take my pet with me?

No, under UK legislation pets are only allowed to be brought to the UK if they remain in the quarantine for the first 6 months.

When does picking start?

Our picking season starts at the middle of March.

Can I live and work together with my friends?

Group Reference Number helps us to identify friends/ family that are coming together. We will try to arrange accommodation so you are able to live together, however we cannot always guarantee this.

Can I move from one campsite to another?

Yes, business needs dictate that we need to move workers from one campsite to the other (For example, first strawberry crop at Hernhill Nursery, Kent starts slowing down in the middle of May. This is the time when we move workers from Hernhill Nursery to Brook Farm, Marden or Brierley Court.) Should you wish to move from one campsite in Hereford to the other during the season you will need to make a request to the liaison officer.

 



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