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Agricultural machinery drivers

£11,960 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
51 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group operate and drive tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles to clear and cultivate land and to sow and harvest plants and crops.

Main Tasks

  • Attaches plough, cultivator, distributor, mower, baler or other implement to tractor;
  • Adjusts depth, speed and height of attached implement according to requirements;
  • Drives and operates machinery to plough, fertilise, plant, cultivate or harvest crops;
  • Services and maintains equipment and carries out any minor repairs.


No academic qualifications are required. Candidates will require the relevant driving licence to operate vehicles on public roads. A variety of NVQs/SVQs in Agriculture is available that incorporates the operation of agricultural machinery. Apprenticeships may be available in some areas.

UK Prospects

5500 Workforce Size
0.12% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
2163 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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