Pay increase for agricultural workers in NI

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

At a meeting of the AWB on Friday 20 March 2015, the Board increased minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 2% from 6 April 2015.

The new rates are:

Minimum rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment - £6.63 per hour.

Grade 2 - Standard worker - £6.91 per hour.

Grade 3 - Lead worker - £7.59 per hour.

Grade 4 - Craft Grade - £8.15 per hour.

Grade 5 - Supervisory Grade - £8.63 per hour.

Grade 6 - Farm Management Grade - £9.34 per hour.

The operative date for the new rates is 6 April 2015 and these are specified in the Board’s Order No 95. Copies of the Order will be available shortly.

It should be noted that, 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 definitions for the grades and the qualifications required for each grade are available on:http://www.dardni.gov.uk/awb-current-terms-and-conditions-of-employment-wages-etc.htm or by contacting the Agricultural Wages Board Secretariat, Room 910, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB (Tel: 028 9052 4873).