5% pay increase for agricultural workers

Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland proposes increases to minimum wage rates for agricultural workers

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).

For more information: pressoffice.group@daera-ni.gov.uk

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