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SWS Scheme

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what is the swS scheme?

 The SWS scheme was introduced in 2019 as a test pilot, originally run by two operators, the Home Office decided to extend the scheme into 2021, increasing the number of work permits to 30,000 and increasing the number of scheme Operators to four. In 2023 the scheme has been extended to 40,000 and 6 operators. There is also a specific Poultry visa. 

Under the scheme the operators act as sponsors under the immigration framework (tier 5).

The scheme allows for the supply of workers to the edible and ornamental horticultural sector, which is defined by Defra as:

Protected Vegetables (glasshouse production)

Field Vegetables (outside production including herbs, leafy salads and potatoes)

Soft Fruits (outdoor and covered)

Top Fruits

Vines and Bines (hops and Grapes)


bulbs and cut flowers, such as daffodils, grown outdoors and indoors

Pot plants, such as seasonal bedding plants like pansies, violas, germaniums and poinsettias

Hardy ornamental nursery stock such as Christmas trees, shrubs, roses

Ornamental trees and perennials

Tree and forest nurseries

The visa is for a maximum period of 6 months and workers can only be in the UK on the visa once in 12 months - there must be clear break of 6 months between visas.


The activities covered by the scheme are:

Picker - Manual harvesting of crops (may include rig work / hand tools)

Crop maintenance and husbandry; planting, weeding, de-leafing, pruning, bud rubbing, thinning, tying down and any aspects related to crop health.

Tunnel worker - construction / skinning of crop protection, venting and maintenance, preparing growing areas / tabletop systems / raised beds/ installing and removing growing media / dismantling.

Irrigation worker - installation and maintenance.

Packhouse worker - packing and processing of crops, labelling, sorting, grading and loading.

Tractor driving - seasonal requirements for primary production (mowing/spraying/harvest/carting).

Seasonal Supervisor - leading teams to ensure efficiency, training and motivation.

Accommodation is normally available on the placement, generally this is mobile home accommodation, shared with other workers. rent varies, but as a guideline £60.90 is normal. From the 1st April 2023 the maximum accommodation charge will be £63.70 per week.

Pay: Those workers who apply for their Tier 5 visa from the 6th April 2022 will be paid £10.10 per hr, the UK minimum wage changes from the 1st April 2023 to £10.42 per hr. 

In the event any of the following occur your sponsorship will be stopped, and you will be required to return home:

a. Dismissal for gross misconduct.

b. You are found to be working in a sector outside of the scope of the scheme.

c. Behaviour outside of work that is detrimental to the wider public good or in breach of UK laws.

d. You are found to be offering workers introductions to Fruitful Jobs for monetary gain or payments of other kinds.

home office announces visa concessions for ukrainians in the uk following the russian invasion of ukraine.

• Ukrainian nationals on an existing seasonal worker visa will have their leave in the UK extended to 31 December 2022

• Ukrainian nationals in temporary HGV/pork butcher jobs will have their leave in the UK extended to 31 December 2022 and will also be allowed to apply to the skilled worker route


As a participant you will have access to our complaints procedure, or you can email us directly for this at

Remember do not pay anyone fees to apply, the only cost is your visa and travel. If someone asks you to pay because they can get you a visa, they are exploiting you. You do not need to pay anyone even for admin work which may be a legal charge in your home country. If someone asks you to pay them and then declare on an application you have not been charged then something is wrong!

You can access our complaints policy here