"The difficulty in recruiting locals is not about pay, he said. Pickers earn the national minimum wage for over 25-year-olds of £7.83 an hour, even if they are under that age, as well as productivity bonuses which take the average wage to between £9 and £10 an hour
They get accommodation, including utilities and transport to work, for a £40-a-week charge. Brooks said wages were up 4% to 5% year on year, partly as a result of labour shortages."
There's just no one who wants a job that only lasts 2-6 weeks besides itinerant laborers, who are immigrants bc that's how "living on the road" works in a continent made of tiny countries.