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1158: Farm managers - jobs and pay

This paper is summarised from an Institute of Agricultural Management report ‘Farm managers in 2009 - Their Jobs and Their Pay’ by R. T. Crane and Richard Cooksley

Year of Publication2010

Farm managers’ average salaries increased to £44,655 an increase of 14.6% on the survey carried out in 2007. The average salary in 2003 was £31,067. This probably reflects employers need to attract or retain high quality employees to cope with today’s demanding farming environment. In addition farm managers estimated their non-cash benefits (eg housing) at £11,970. Long hours of work continue to be unique to agriculture. 29% of farm managers spend between one and three quarters of their time doing manual work. The industry needs to attract new managers to cover the loss of those nearing retirement age.

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