Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita predicts that Polish growers this year are very cautious about finding seasonal workers for picking berries. The main problem is that the hourly rates that have risen sharply last year, this year do not attract workers too much. Farmers now must pay 7-10% more for cleaning a kilogram of berries or for an hour of work.
According an article on EastFruit, this year farmers in Poland are trying to find workers at a rate of about $ 3.4 per kg and promise additional premiums up to $ 1 per hour for good performance. This means, if we take into account that a working day for harvesting berries rarely lasts less than 10 hours, an employee can earn from $ 34 to $ 45 for each working day, or more than $ 1 thousand per month.
However, employees are reluctant to respond to offers with a low basic salary and promised bonuses, preferring a guaranteed rate. As the Polish strawberry harvest season has no more than three weeks left, the low activity of employers may lead to a shortage of workers picking berries in Poland this year.