UK Government releases list of key workers

UK Government releases list of key workers

20 Mar 2020

FPC has welcomed the UK Government’s recognition of the vital role of the food supply chain in the list of key workers. The children of these workers can be supported at school while they continue to work to give UK consumers a continued supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. This is the result of concerted efforts by FPC (see our letter here).

You can find the information by clicking HERE – scroll down to find the relevant sections as well as guidance for employees.

The list includes:

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.