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For purposes of transparency and the management of our supply chain, at this moment in time, we have plans to recruit nationals of the following countries for 2023

  • Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Macedonia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.


If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, please do not apply at this moment in time.

The SWS scheme was introduced in 2019 as a test pilot, originally run by two operators, the Scheme was expanded into 2021, increasing the number of places to 30,000 and increasing the number of scheme Operators to four.

In 2022 the places were increased to 40,000 out of which 38,000 are for the horticultural industry.  The number of scheme operators was increased to five in preparation for the 2023 season.  HOPS Labour Solutions are the fifth operator to manage the scheme.

Under the scheme the operators act as sponsors under the immigration framework (tier 5).

The scheme allows for the supply of workers to the horticultural sector, which is defined by Defra as:

  • Protected Vegetables (glasshouse production)

  • Field Vegetables (outside production including herbs, leafy salads and potatoes)

  • Soft Fruits (outdoor and covered)

  • Top Fruits

  • Vines and Bines (hops and Grapes)

  • Mushrooms.

  • Ornamental horticulture, cut flowers, trees, bedding plants.

Thank you for your interest in HOPS and our SWS provision.  HOPS has a fundamentally different model for the operation of the scheme to employers and workers.  This has been developed to address the challenges which have occurred in the scheme in recent years and is anchored in the principals of transparency, efficiency and accountability for HOPS, employers, and workers.


If you are interested in learning more about our employer offer, please complete the form below and we will be in contact.

Employer Enquiry Form

Do you already recieve SWS Labour?

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This form is for UK employers ONLY. All job applications through this form will be discarded.

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