The measures approved by the Spanish Government to facilitate the hiring of people to work in the spring and summer campaigns due to the lack of foreign laborers have caused many unemployed Spaniards from other sectors and students to register in the job bank managed by La Unió de Llauradors.
As stated by the organization's general secretary, Carles Peris, and La Unió's labor technician, Teresa Escrivá, the vast majority of agricultural job seekers are people with no experience in rural tasks. They come almost entirely from the hospitality or construction sectors and have never performed agriculture-related jobs before.
This poses a major problem when trying to match those seeking agricultural labor operators with the candidates for such jobs. Those looking for workers for specific occupations want applicants to already have some experience or, at the very least, to have worked in something similar, so that the training can be carried out quickly and avoid risks.
Meanwhile, applicants tend to believe that the tasks to be carried out will require strength and capacity to withstand inclement weather (heat, cold, rain...), but don't expect to need very specific or specialized knowledge.
However, the reality is that in order to carry out the fruit thinning, for example, which is now necessary in many areas, you need sound knowledge about what needs to be removed and what to be left on the branches, getting it right without hesitation. It is also essential to be able to decide which fruits are ready for picking and which should be left for another day. Also, there are hardly any experienced pruners left, even though it is an essential task.