Pay increase for Agricultural workers in NI

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

Following a meeting on 9 January 2015, the AWB proposes to increase existing minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 2% from 6 April 2015 as follows:

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 Board will meet again on 6 March 2015 to make an Order to introduce the new rates, which would come into operation on 6 April 2015.

Any objections to the proposals should be sent by Registered Post to: The Secretary, Agricultural Wages Board, Room 919, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB, to arrive on or before Friday 20 February 2015.

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, Belfast BT4 3SB (Tel: 028 9052 4873).