Seasonal work abroad in Europe

A seasonal worker is a person who does seasonal work on the territory of a Member State other than the one in whose territory he resides. Duration of that work may not exceed eight months. Seasonal work is defined as a job dependent on the consequences of the seasons and recurs every single year.


Seasonal work abroad is a great form of learning additional money. Contrary to the widely accepted opinion seasonal work abroad is not a job, which is practiced only in the summer months. It is the work taken in different seasons, during specific crops, such as the grape harvest in October, asparagus in May and in the winter months job in the cutting of Christmas trees.

Below is a list with some examples of seasonal work in different countries:

• Spain – crops of strawberries,

• Portugal – tourism, crops of citrus fruit

• Norway – crops of raspberries, apples, strawberries, food, fish processing;

• Greece – hotels, restaurants;

• France – vintage;

• Denmark – crops of strawberries, peas, onions, corn, apples, pears, work in nurseries, garden centers, with Christmas trees;

• Austria – agriculture, catering.


Working abroad can take all the people who are 18 years old. Another advantage of person who is looking for seasonal work is knowledge of the language of country to which he wants to go – even at a basic level. It must be remembered that the work of harvesting of fruits and vegetables can be very difficult and requires effort. It is also worth noting that for a foreign employer is more profitable to employ a foreigner than a person employed and taking holiday for seasonal work or students – employer will not have to pay additional contributions for a foreigner, because he is already insured.



9 thoughts on “Seasonal work abroad in Europe

  1. The article is mainly talking about the seasonal work abroad and its advantages. I think that there are also disadvantages. For instance, in Germany we get every year many workers from Poland for cutting asparagus. Based on the fact that this would be just an one Euro job for jobless people in Germany and they are too lazy to do so, because it is quite an exhausting job. Another point is, that seasonal workers are apart from their families such a long time and besides the hardworking on a field it is not a good future perspective for individuals on the whole.
    Moreover, the article says that the language of a country can be learned through seasonal working, which happens probably one out of ten times. Because seasonal workers working mostly together with other foreign workers and therefore, do not even have the chance or ambition to learn the language for just a seasonal work. Therefore, the question arouses if it wouldn’t be better to offer long-term jobs in each country for their own folks instead of constantly traveling around in order to earn some money and being apart from their family.

  2. I have some friends who undertook seasonal work abroad. I admire them because they part company with their families and loves of a very long time. When the home country cannot well earn what are people to do? No work as normal money forces people to travel abroad and seasonal work. They earn very much compared to what they could earn in their country, but the work of this type are heavy. In general, it is called “Rat Race”. You have to be lucky to hit on a good, honest employer and accompany you dear colleagues. Do not forget also about the need to accumulate earned money on maintenance, which consumes a large% of their income.

  3. Seasonal employment could be a great way to make extra money. There are many families and individuals out there struggling to pay normal bills and seasonal work might help them to cope with financial problems during a short time.
    However, you should not forget that a seasonal worker most often does not have any entitelment to holidays, is not part of a pension insurance scheme or has any other benefits a employee with a permanent contract receives.
    For a company it might be very lucrative to employ seasonal workers as this is cheap way of getting the work done. If you concider that field work is very hard physical work it is not payed very well. So the question is: is seasonal work really profitable for the employee – or only for the employer?

  4. This is very a very interesting phenomenon, it could be a great way to earn some extra money but also there are a lot of disadvantages I think. Especially in the field works, the hard physical work, the employer take advantage if the season workers. The workers in many occasions are treated very bad and I read that here in Spain and in the Huelva region there have occurred sexual harassment on the seasonal workers in the strawberries fields. I also think that the language can be a problem in these situations. A lot of workers might come from a foreign country and don’t know the language of the “host” country, this can be a problem when it comes to the instructions and the security parts of the job. But off course these advantages and disadvantages are different and of different sizes depending on the “host” company etc.

  5. In my opinion seasonal work has advantages as well as disadvantages. On the one hand seasonal work offers people additional job opportunities (although it is just for a short time), but on the other hand they’re also cases in which seasonal workers are totally exploited and abused in these kind of jobs. Like for example in Germany there are some companies who hire cheap workers from countries such as Poland, Russia or Czech Republic who then have to work hard and are very bad paid. Then its obvious that they prefer to employ these people rather than students who apply for the same job. So this seasonal job has to different sides…

  6. In my opinion it is very good oportunity for students. During theirs holidays they can earn extra money for example for studies. Meantime they can travel a little bit and improve language skills – maybe not at very high level. It is short-term work so people can earn money relatively fast. On the other side student has to expend holidays – time to rest after ten months of studing, to work after which he don’t have work experience required in companies.

  7. There are advantages and disadvantages of seasonal work. In my opinion an advantage is that seasonal work allows jobless people to earn some money for their families. An other advantage is that there is the posibility for employers to find near-time workers when season is highest. For me one big disadvantage is that seasonal workers normaly work very hard and don´t earn much money. An other disadvantage is that seasonal workers often come from abroad and so jobs for native people are missing.

  8. I think seasonal work abroad is a good thing. ofcourse there are some disadvantages, like the problems of fitting in. Another big issue is that the money that they earn in the country they are working is sometimes going to be spended in another country. Which is not good for the national economy of the counrty where the seasonal workers or working. But for some people working abroad is a great experience, by example young people who are going to work in a bar in Spain or another tourist spot. For them is it a cheap way to travel. Another thing is that the people in the country of the work most time feel to good to do the dirty jobs. So the seasonal workers do them.


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