Thousands of seasonal workers are needed on British farms each year, with demand higher than ever despite the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.

Jobs are available on fruit farms, arable farms, livestock farms and in pack houses across the whole country.

Agricultural workers are classified as key workers, and those coming from overseas have recently been made exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement for people entering the UK by the government.

However, it is still important that employers keep their workers safe by ensuring premises are clean and social distancing measures are in place.

To help ensure workers are kept safe, the government’s advice is to provide safe and clean accommodation, which is where Bunkabin comes in.

Junior deluxe sleeper twin

Junior deluxe sleeper twin

Everything all in one place

Bunkabin is the leading supplier of temporary accommodation in the UK, and is able to provide on-site sleeper units and welfare facilities to farm workers so they have everything they need to work and live on the farm.

It is a cost-effective solution that allows workers to sleep on site in their own ensuite room, ensuring everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

It also means they do not need to travel to and from work.

Units from Bunkabin have specific purposes such as ensuite sleepers, fully-fitted diners, shower blocks and offices. Some units, like the Bespoke Sleepers, go a step further and are basically a home away from home.

Units have all the standard features, like ensuite shower rooms with full-size sinks, flushing toilets, thermostat-controlled heating and LED lighting.

They also have comforts like a full-sized microwave, fridge, tilt and turn windows with an integrated blind, enhanced task lighting, a wardrobe and a fitted desk, which can be switched out for a comfortable chair.

3D Floor junior dinner

3D Floor junior dinner

Improving productivity and staff morale

Productivity is one of the main objectives on a farm.

One of the ways this can be improved is through provision of better equipment and conditions on site, including those that allow workers to rest and recuperate properly.

Agricultural work can be very physically demanding and days can be challenging and tiring.

Therefore, it’s important that workers feel refreshed.

By providing space for employees to refuel, full-size comfy beds and powerful showers, they are more likely to feel prepared for the day ahead of them.

On-site accommodation can also help keep your staff happy.

By reducing the need to commute to and from work, which no-one likes to do, staff will feel happier, and therefore more productive.

It also encourages your staff to build meaningful relationships with those they are living on site with, which improves morale and team spirit, leading to better productivity.

Bunkabin dinner interior cabin

Bunkabin dinner interior cabin

Don’t just take our word for it

Bunkabin has supplied on-site temporary accommodation for many agricultural businesses.

Alex Charrington from Charrington Fruit Farms was looking to provide more personal accommodation for their workers.

On choosing Bunkabin, Alex said: “It was simply because they had smaller, more versatile cabins – taking up less space and giving more privacy for our staff.

We continually choose them for the skill of their Hiab drivers to expertly position the cabins in the same place every year.

“Bunkabin are an important extension of our harvest team.

We’ve had some terrible weather over the years and you always wonder whether the cabins will cope with the elements, but they have withstood all the elements with complete ease.”

Chris Daking from Valley Produce started working with Bunkabin when they needed to replace static caravans to accommodate more workers.

Of his experience, he said: “We are really happy with the units and the cost. It makes managing our accommodation for up to 30 people a lot easier. We don’t get many problems, but when we do, they are fixed straight away.

“We think they are far more cost-effective than buying and maintaining static caravans.”

Providing on-site facilities for your workforce represents an opportunity to maximise your business’s output and productivity, while demonstrating your commitment to being a responsible and supportive employer.