Market Morsel: Workers wanted

Livestock | 7th December 2022 | By Matt Dalgleish

Market Morsel

The internet vacancy index shows average monthly job ads for a variety of professions. A look at the two key processing roles in abattoirs since 2016 shows that there has been an increase in job ads, particularly for meat process workers.

Since January 2016 average national job ads for boners, slicers & slaughterers has ranged between 40-60 adverts. Since July 2021 the trend in job ads for boners, slicers & slaughterers has been on an uptrend topping out at 62 ads in July 2022. Currently, on a national basis there are 54 ads for boners, slicers & slaughterers.

The trend for meat process workers has been on a steady rise since mid 2018. In August 2018 there were 34 job ads for meat process workers nationally. However, October 2022 saw the level of job ads lift to the highest seen since the start of 2016 at 117 positions being advertised nationally. In percentage terms the current number of job ads for meat process workers is 244% higher than the levels seen back in August 2018.

Photo supplied by Liz Jackson


  • Slaughter
  • Processing
  • Labour