The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has confirmed changes to pay for agricultural workers. At a meeting of the AWB on Friday 8 March 2019, the Board agreed the rates from 1 April 2019. The rates are:
Minimum rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment – £6.88 per hour
Grade 2 – Standard worker – £7.42 per hour
Grade 3 – Lead worker – £8.40 per hour
Grade 4 – Craft Grade – £9.03 per hour
Grade 5 – Supervisory Grade – £9.51 per hour
Grade 6 – Farm Management Grade – £10.32 per hour
The operative date for the new rates is the first pay reference period beginning on or after 1 April 2019 and these are specified in the Board’s Order No 99. Copies of the Order will be available shortly.
The definitions for the grades and the qualifications required for each grade are available on: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/awb-agricultural-rates-pay-orders-and-reports or by contacting the Agricultural Wages Secretariat, Room 917, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB (Tel: 028 9052 4012).