Pig farmers urged to take part in labour retention questionnaire

Pig farmers are being urged to complete a short survey about staff retention in the UK pig industry.

The survey has been put together by Rosa Linkens, a student at Harper Adams University, who is conducting research on the retention of employees.

“I believe this to be a major limiting factor in the growth of the industry and one that needs to be reviewed,” she said.

“At the moment there seems to be a growing concern amongst employers, in both small and large organisations, about the retention of quality staff. However, there is a definite lack of research and data available on this topic.”

The data in this study is being collected in the form of an online questionnaire, and will be supported by a small number of interviews. All the information collected will be anonymous password protected, and no individuals will be mentioned in the results.

“For the data collected to be representative of the industry, I would like it to reach, and be completed by, as many people as possible who currently or have previously worked in the UK pig industry. The questionnaire is applicable to both managers and employees,” Rosa added.

“I am happy to share the conclusions reached to try and gain the maximum benefit of this research to the UK pig industry.”

You can access the questionnaire via this link: https://harper-adams.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/barriers-to-the-retention-of-employees-in-the-uk-pig-indus-2

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