Following a meeting on 11 February 2022, the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland has announced proposed increases to the minimum wage rates for agricultural workers.
The Board proposes to increase existing minimum rates for agricultural workers for grades 3 – 6 by 5% from 1 April 2022. Therefore the proposed new rates are:
Minimum rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment - - £6.95 per hour
Grade 2 – Standard worker - £7.49 per hour
Grade 3 – Lead worker - £9.36 per hour
Grade 4 – Craft Grade - £10.06 per hour
Grade 5 – Supervisory Grade - £10.59 per hour
Grade 6 – Farm Management Grade - £11.50 per hour
Should the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage, as applicable, become higher than the hourly rates set out above then the hourly or other minimum rate will default to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, whichever applies.
Further, the Board propose increasing the accommodation offset by 5% to £47.25 per week.
The Board will meet again on 16 March 2022 to consider any objections to the proposals and may make an Order to give effect to the new rates and other amendments which would come into operation on 1 April 2022.
The definitions for the grades and the qualifications required for each grade are available on the DAERA website or by contacting the AWB Secretariat - Tel: 02877 442 250, Email: CorporateSponsorBranch@daera-ni.gov.uk).
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