Taking part in farm managers’ survey will help shape future at a time of change

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Farm managers are being urged to take part in the UK’s longest running and most comprehensive survey of farm management pay and conditions.

The Farm Managers – Their Jobs And Their Pay survey was introduced in 1969 by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) and the 2022 edition will be the 35th of its kind. It will also give the first indication of the impacts on farm managers of Covid-19 and Brexit. 

The confidential survey asks respondents, who do not have to be members of the IAgrM to take part, for details of the farms they manage, the salaries they are paid and the conditions of their employment. 

The 2020 edition pointed to British farm managers getting younger, with 45% under 40 years old, which compared to just 26% in 2018. It also found that managers who are members of the Institute of Agricultural Management earnt higher salaries than their peers who were not. For the first time more than half of those questioned were educated to degree level.

“There has been a lot of change since the last survey was completed at the end of 2019,” says IAgrM Director Victoria Bywater.

“It will be fascinating to discover how responses have changed in the last two years and whether we are seeing the impact of a tighter labour market leading to increasing salaries. I would urge all farm managers to take part in the survey as it provides an invaluable insight for managers, their employers, academics and those starting out their careers in farm management. It also helps the institute and the wider farming industry identify any gaps where there is a need for extra training or support.”

The closing date to complete the survey is 31 December 2021 and the results will be published in March 2022. The full report on the survey is free to IAgrM members and cost £25, including VAT for non-members. 

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and can be found online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7G23RG6 Details are also on the IAgrM website: www.iagrm.com

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