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Pay increase for agricultural workers announced

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has confirmed changes to pay for agricultural workers. 

At a meeting of the AWB on Friday 21 March 2014, the Board increased minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 1.85%.

The proposed new rates are:

  • Minimum Rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment - £6.47 per hour.
  • Grade 2 - Standard worker - £6.77 per hour
  • Grade 3 - Lead worker - £7.44 per hour
  • Grade 4 - Craft Grade - £7.99 per hour
  • Grade 5 - Supervisory Grade - £8.46 per hour
  • Grade 6 - Farm Management Grade - £9.16 per hour

The operative date for the new rates is 6 April 2014 and these are specified in the Board’s Order No 94. Copies of the Order will be available shortly.

Where at any time the National Minimum Wage becomes higher than the hourly rate set out above, then the minimum rate shall be equal to the National Minimum Wage. The National Minimum Wage will rise to £6.50 per hour from 1 October 2014, which is higher than the AWB Minimum Rate; therefore the Grade 1 Minimum Rate for agricultural workers will increase to £6.50 per hour from 1 October 2014.

The definitions for the grades and the qualifications required for each grade are available on or by contacting the Agricultural Wages Secretariat, Room 910, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Ballymiscaw, Belfast BT4 3SB (Tel: 028 9052 4872).

Notes to editors:

1. The Agricultural Wages Board is constituted under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 and meets each year to consider changes to the rates of pay and related conditions for agricultural workers. 
2. The Board comprises six members of Unite, six members of the Ulster Farmers' Union, and three members appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. 
3. The proposed variation to minimum pay rates for agricultural workers across all grades represents an increase of 1.85%. 
4. This press release is issued by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on behalf of the Agricultural Wages Board

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