New farm workforce figures plus succession planning poll results

1 July, 2018

In this newsletter, we share new results around farm workforces from our ongoing Farmer2020 study which asks farmers how many people work on the farm, comparing part-time vs full-time employees and family vs non family.

Fig 1. Average number of employees per farm, segmented by county

 

Fig 2. Average number of employees per farm, segmented by enterprise

 

Our results show farmers are employing more part- time staff with the number of full-time employees decreasing over the past 3 years, down from just over 70% to 56% in 2018 (at May). Figures were very similar across all sectors. Generally, labour has steadily increased year on year over the past 3 years.

Fig 3. Farm employees, segmented by employment type

 

Fig 4. Farm employees, segmented by family vs non family

 


 

Poll Results

We asked 1,070 Irish farmers “When considering the future of your farm, is there a plan for the younger generation to take over?” As the chart below demonstrates, over half of farmers polled either have no succession plan in place or are unsure of their future plans. Other polls carried out within the agricultural sector indicate that this these figures are consistent with our findings.

Fig 5. Poll results: “When considering the future of your farm, is there a plan for the younger generation to take over?”

 

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