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Harvest Work - Lingo
There are so many different types of harvest jobs, but the most common is picking. There are some simple terms you should know first.

First, farmers will either pay you on contract (also known as piece-rate) or they'll pay you wage. When you're paid on contract, you're pay depends on how much picking you get done. You'll usually be paid a certain fixed amount per bin or bucket, and sometimes your pay will be based on weight. If you're earning a wage, you'll be paid a fixed amount per hour. Harvest workers are taxed relatively low at 13%.

There are different types of picking. Strip picking is where every piece of fruit must be taken from the tree before you can move onto the next tree. Colour picking is where only fruit or veg of a certain colour can be removed from the tree. Size picking is where the fruit of veg must be of a minimum size before it's removed from the tree. The boss will usually set guidelines and will also check on you to make sure you're picking the right colour or size. Colour and size picking should be paid at a higher rate than strip picking if you're being paid on contract as it's more of a pain in the ass and much slower.

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