Did you know that this week is National Gardening Week – a celebration of horticulture and enjoying nature!  Over the last year, we’ve come to rely on our gardens and green spaces more than ever. Many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical well-being. We decided to take a look at Labour Insight to see what types of jobs are available that could incorporate our love of gardening and being outdoors!

Labour Insight enables us to search for roles by occupation families (BGTOCCs) – so we took a look at occupation family ‘Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors’ to get inspired.

What we found

Examples of current job vacancies within this occupation family include:

  • Grounds Warden for the Wildfowl & Wetlands trust
  • Gardener for the National Trust
  • Conservation Officer for the RSPB

In the last 90 days there were 7719 ‘Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors’ jobs advertised in the UK. Clearly many roles are seasonal, and the number of jobs advertised jumped 38.64% from February to March.

The most requested skills are:

  • Grass cutting
  • Team work
  • Customer service
  • Cleaning

London is the top travel to work area (TTWA) across most occupations and this is no exception.  However outside London most ‘Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors’ jobs are found in and around Cambridge, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.

The most advertised job titles are:

  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Gardener
  • Landscaper

The top employers are the National Trust (75 jobs), Mitie (60 jobs) and the NHS (37 jobs).

Many of the jobs advertised do not specify a minimum education requirement.  However, of those that do, education to GCSE level is required for 52% of roles.

The average advertised salary across all ‘Agriculture, Horticulture and the Outdoors’ jobs during this period is £26,400.

Job vacancy data from Labour Insight, over 90 days (Jan. 22, 2021 – Apr. 21, 2021). If you’re an employer, university or careers professional and you’d like to know more about accessing Labour Insight data do get in touch!