According to our study, 1,169 seasonal jobs were created across 42 companies. This excludes Keelings, where up to 800 people were employed in seasonal work in 2018, bringing the total number to just under 2,000 across 43 companies.

Given the varied seasonal nature of the agri-food industry, seasonal work has become a cornerstone for many companies and farms to function efficiently. The need for temporary staff on the ground on farms was highlighted by FRS creating 300 seasonal roles in 2018 across a number of areas. In the meat industry, Liffey Meats in Cavan had 30 temporary workers this year, with Carrolls Cuisine and Connolly Meats creating 20 seasonal roles each and Euro Farm Food taking in six temporary jobs.