Not only is this a great way to help the country, but it means you can earn extra cash while on furlough.
Am I allowed to get a second job?
In one sense, yes. There is nothing in the government’s Job Retention Scheme to indicate that you cannot take up extra work on farms or in a supermarket during this time.
However, it really depends on your contract with your employer.
The terms of the furlough scheme are matched to your current employment terms - so if you have a clause in your contract that says you can’t work elsewhere, this would be in breach.
Clauses like this are common, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the buck stops there.
The best thing to do is to have a discussion with your employer. Due to the current climate, it’s likely many employers will consider allowing you to take up this extra work.
How much can I earn?
Experts have told the Express.co.uk figures varying between £8.50-£15 per hour for fruit and vegetable picking. It’s likely that the amount you earn will vary massively, based on the employer, the nature of the work and your productivity.
If I’m unable to work on a farm, can I work elsewhere?
If you don’t feel that you’re able to take up fruit and vegetable picking work there are other temporary second jobs you can try instead. These include working in a supermarket, delivery driving or helping in a warehouse.
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