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Horticulture Seasonal Workers

Horticulture Seasonal Workers

Horticulture Seasonal Workers

Bixter is a Danish recruitment company with over 15 years of experience in providing qualified employees and international trainees for Agriculture, Food Processing and Hospitality to Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.

The German labour market of horticulture seasonal workers is a complex and dynamic environment that requires a range of skills and knowledge to navigate successfully. One of the key challenges facing employers in this industry is the shortage of qualified workers, particularly during peak seasons when demand is highest. This shortage can lead to intense competition for workers and increased costs for employers.

At Bixter, we understand the challenges faced by employers in the agriculture industry. Through our extensive network, we have access to a big variety of candidates from different backgrounds and locations who are ready to work in Germany for the whole season. We ensure that all our workers are legally eligible to work in Germany and comply with all relevant labor laws and regulations. seasonal workers are coming from:

  • Asian countries (Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India,etc.)
  • African countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc.)
  • Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, etc.)
  • Others

Bixter operates on a legal basis by connecting employers in need of qualified, motivated, affordable, and stable employees with young professionals who have completed relevant Bachelor’s degrees recognized by the German Ministry of Education, those who have relevant work experience in agriculture or candidates who have both: relevant education and experience.


Educationally qualified: We target candidates with ongoing higher education in their home countries, looking for seasonal jobs during their official semester break (Ferienbeschäftigte). Additionally, we seek out those who have garnered relevant horticultural experience, either domestically or internationally.

Right on time for your season: We will make sure that we recruit and apply for visas for your international candidates at a good time, so they start their work at your place when your season starts.

Motivated and investment-ready: The candidates we bring forward are ready to invest in their visa and travel expenses to Germany.

Flexible and resilient: Adaptability to changing situations, willingness to work different shifts and schedules, and the ability to navigate unexpected workday challenges are key traits of the candidates we present.

Stability: Non-EU candidates are provided with visas tied to a specific workplace in Germany, ensuring stability for up to 3 months. This arrangement benefits both the employer and the employee by providing a clear framework for their engagement.

Language skills: A good command of the English language is a standard among our candidates, facilitating smooth communication within diverse work environments.

Cost-effective: With salaries regulated by a minimum wage of approximately from 12,41 €/hour, hiring through Bixter is an affordable option for accessing skilled agricultural labor.

  • Bixter collaborates closely with its global agents to carefully review and interview prospective workers, ensuring they meet the qualifications required by the employer. 


  • As a reliable partner, Bixter provides detailed guidance on the employment conditions and its regulations, ensuring that employers and employees have a smooth and successful experience.


  • We take care of the visa paperwork for every international worker – one less thing for the employer to worry about and more time to focus on the important activities in their business.


  • With the information provided to us by the employer, Bixter makes every effort to find and place the most suitable worker possible.


  • We make sure the international workers have the necessary insurance coverage, minimizing the risk of unexpected costs or liabilities.


  • Our expert team is available to provide assistance and address any concerns that may arise during the employment period. This ensures a smooth and successful working relationship between the employer and the international employee, which leads to increased productivity and job satisfaction


  • Bixter conducts pre-departure webinars, shares informative brochures with international employees to improve the integration process and avoid miscommunication issues.


  • At the end of the program, we’ll send the employers evaluation forms soliciting feedback on the placement and the assistance provided by Bixter as we are constantly trying to improve our services

Upon successful selection for a job in the horticulture industry in Germany, candidates will be granted a short-term visa, which enables them to enter, stay and work in Germany for a period of up to 3 months. Bixter will be responsible for handling all the paperwork related to the visa application on behalf of the candidate. This includes preparing and submitting the necessary documents to the German migration services and keeping track of the application status.


Our team of experienced professionals will ensure that the visa application process is carried out smoothly and efficiently, with regular updates provided to the candidate and employers throughout the process. We understand that obtaining a visa can be a challenging task, especially for those unfamiliar with the German immigration system, and we are committed to providing comprehensive support to our international candidates and employers.

It is important to note that the average waiting period for the arrival of an international worker is typically around 3 months. This is primarily due to the mandatory visa processing time. As a result, it is crucial for companies to plan ahead and account for this waiting period when organizing their recruitment process. By taking a pragmatic approach and considering the necessary visa processing time, companies can ensure that they are able to receive qualified trainees in a timely manner, while also adhering to all relevant regulations and procedures.

It is important to understand that in Germany, all agricultural seasonal workers are subject to a maximum of 48 working hours per week in accordance with the German Working Hours Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz).

It is important to note, however, that there are certain specific regulations that are unique to agricultural work, which take into account the seasonal nature of the work and the weather conditions. This means that during busy periods, such as harvesting, workers may be required to work longer hours to meet production demands.

At Bixter, we recognize that hiring an overseas worker offers an exceptional opportunity for cultural exchange. It also requires that rules set by local Immigration Services are respected by both parties. 

Please note that international employees can only begin working once their work and residence permit has been attached to the employer’s business. Compliance with this requirement is crucial to meet legal obligations and ensure a smooth recruitment process.Our experts will offer detailed guidance regarding the updated migration legislation and will keep you updated if any changes are implemented. 

  • Finding/providing accommodation for the worker for a monthly rent ~ 265€ per month(paid by worker)
  • Offering a salary in alignment with the local minimum wage
  • Picking up the worker from the nearest bus/train station upon arrival
  • Making sure that candidates will be registered after arrival 
  • Ensure that overtime payment is offered according to German agriculture industry standards
  • Our global agents are constantly sourcing educated and motivated workers. Bixter has developed a strong Partnership Network with companies, educational institutions, governmental agencies and organizations, and Ministries from 27 countries all over the world. 
  • Bixter is continuously growing it’s global network, which allows to expand our candidates selection and secures our database for variety of choice of matching candidates specifically for your business
  • Bixter is visiting, developing cooperation and signing Agreements with Universities and colleges that offer relevant education for Agriculture, Food technology and Hospitality businesses, to ensure that we source candidate with the right qualification
  • We have a strong digital presence ensuring that candidates are contacting us directly through our website, Social Media pages, or other channels
  • Our candidates are constantly recommending us to their friends who are motivated to gain professional experience in Europe and bring some of it back to their home countries


At Bixter, we understand how complicated and time consuming the recruitment and registration process of foreign workers can get. This is why our professional team will be glad to assist you at every step of this way. Prior to your new employee’s arrival to Germany, our offices and global agents take care of the majority of their issues, including visa application completion, travel arrangements, sharing important information about registration procedures and visa validation.

At Bixter, we know how important it is to focus on the most important processes of the business. This is why we are ready to take over the recruitment processes, while the employer can focus on other important activities and grow their businesses.

Here is a breakdown of the operations that Bixter is managing for employers:

– recruitment and pre screening of applicants according to criteria of the employer and migration service regulations,

– sharing important information about the tasks and responsibilities assigned to the employee to make sure he/she has realistic expectations,

– conducting required paperwork for visa application and following up with responsible migration institutions involved,

– managing arrival of international workers, sharing informative booklets on the registration process for a smooth integration process 

– providing support for both employer and international employee within the validity of the contract

In order to host international workers, adequate living conditions need to be provided by employers for a monthly rent. The rent needs to be affordable for the international employee, as they will be paying it from their monthly salary.

Here is a list of requirements that need to be fulfilled: 

  • Single room (in rare cases workers can be placed together in one room)
  • Furnished room with a sleeping bed, closet, chair, table, appropriate lighting 
  • Toilet and shower facilities
  • Access to cooking facilities and a fridge
  • Access to washing machine 
  • The living facilities should respect the safety regulations 
  • The accommodation should be located in close proximity to the working place(in case no car is provided)

Register and find your employee with Bixter