Salary Survey

Salary & Benefits Survey 2020 - report out now!

about 4 years ago by Claire Smith

​In 2019 we carried out a comprehensive salary and benefits survey on behalf of the sectors that we recruit for – Fresh Produce, Food, Agriculture, Horticulture and Garden & Leisure. The findings were incredibly insightful and generated a lot of interest throughout the industries, encouraging us to repeat the survey annually.

Last year’s survey highlighted job satisfaction as the number one priority ahead of salary, with other non-financial benefits scoring well, demonstrating a need for businesses to ensure that their employees are well looked after if they are to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

After repeating the survey, this message remains the same, although it is perhaps even more important in these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with Brexit and the after effects of the general election.


Morag Bailey, Human Resources Director for Ardo UK Ltd, gave us her feedback:

“In our fast-moving world it’s invaluable to have succinct information. The MorePeople salary survey gives me clear information on total package not just basic salaries. This has helped us to put together competitive total package offers for some of our positions.”

For 2020 we used the same method of data collection and largely the same questions to give us comparable quantitative and qualitative data. A new question sought to uncover the factors that create job satisfaction - good relationships with line or senior managers came out top here.

Another variation is that we drilled down into the data by sector this time, instead of by job function, as there was a good spread of data across each one. These are included after the full data in the report or can be viewed individually on our sector pages.

Rachel Leech, Group HR Manager for Branston Ltd, commented:

“It’s so useful to be able to access salary data specific to our industry! There’s so much generic information out there that benchmarking is often hard work and unfruitful. MorePeople’s salary survey provides trusted data which we can reference with confidence.”

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey and hope that the findings prove as useful as before. If you have any questions or feedback, please do get in touch as we would be delighted to discuss the report in more detail with you. You can call us on 01780 480530 or email