Agriculture is one of the sectors regulated by the GLA.
If you supply workers for any agricultural work, including the activities listed below you will need a GLA licence.
- Harvesting, gathering or picking of agricultural produce
- Packing and grading of eggs or other produce on the farm where the eggs were produced
- Care of and attention to poultry in batteries or other housed poultry
- Drawing and plucking poultry for first sale, on the premises where the birds were reared
- Pheasant breeding, if the land on which they are reared contributes to their upkeep and if they are reared to be eaten or sold as food, but not for shooting
- Care of and attention to bulls kept and used in connection with artificial insemination
- Employment in the gardens of a hotel, school, convent, hospital or any other institution growing food wholly or mainly for outside sale or for consumption on the premises
- Grass drying where it involves the employer’s own grass
- Agricultural mechanics where they are employed by the farmer rather than by a third party or by a contractor
- Secretarial / administrative duties which are integral to the production process, such as the maintenance of milk yield records, ordering feed or fertilisers.
Still not sure whether you need a licence?
We recommend your enquiry is sent by e-mail so you have a record of our response. Please provide full details of the type of work, where it will be done and if possible a job description of the role.
Offences and penalties
It is a criminal offence to operate as a gangmaster without a licence. The maximum penalty is ten years in prison and a fine. For more information read our pages on the Criminal offences and sanctions and the penalties in How we inspect and prosecute.
Find out more...
I supply workers: The application and renewal process
The licensing standards: The conditions that must be met to qualify for a licence
Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004: Legislation
Exclusions: The circumstances where a licence is not required