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RE Recruitment granted licence to recruit overseas workers into UK poultry industry

6 October 2022
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Cheltenham-headquartered RE Recruitment has been granted a seasonal worker scheme licence for the poultry sector to recruit overseas workers to the UK. The licence allows the company to recruit temporary workers under the visa scheme in the poultry industry.  It is one of only two agencies nationally to be granted the licence to recruit overseas workers under the Seasonal Worker visa routea Temporary Visa for poultry.

The Seasonal Worker visa route is a new government initiative.  Organisations in the poultry supply chain can recruit overseas workers.  The licence has been awarded until 2024 following a competitive tender process.  It will enable us to recruit personnel from inside and outside the EU without the need for individuals to be part of the Government’s Settlement Scheme.

This follows the Government announcement in February this year that an additional 1,200 visas would be available over the next four years.  With a commitment of 2,000 visas each year until 2024.  The Temporary Visa Scheme for poultry was announced in 2021 and designed to ease the seasonal pressures on the poultry industry.  Visas will be available for workers arriving from 1 November 2022, and they must leave the UK by 31 December 2022.

James Gibbs, Managing Director at RE Recruitment, said: “We are delighted that RE Recruitment has been selected to lead the search and recruit overseas temporary workers.  This will allow us to support the important British poultry industry during its busiest time of the year. Our specialist team will be working with companies all over the country. Ensuring they are sufficiently staffed with a skilled workforce.”

Companies looking to recruit temporary workers through the scheme can use RE Recruitment to search for candidates to fill seasonal vacancies.  The recruitment process will involve processing and securing temporary visas so that workers can enter the UK to begin employment.

Mark Norton, Head of Onsite Services, says, “We will manage all aspects of the visa processing so that the companies we are recruiting for can focus on their businesses. And for our candidates, a seamless and straightforward recruitment and contracting process.  Without the need for them to be worried about the complexities surrounding visa applications.”

For the poultry industry, companies can use the visa to recruit seasonal workers for the role of:

  • butcher
  • bird or game dresser
  • killer or plucker
  • poulterer
  • poultry processor
  • poultry sticker
  • trusser
  • food operative
  • poultry catcher or handler
  • poultry vaccinator
  • poultry meat packer


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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