Pay increase for agricultural workers from April 2024

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Proposed increases to the minimum wage rates from 1 April 2024 for agricultural workers have been announced by the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).

The AWB for Northern Ireland has proposed to increase existing minimum wage rates for agricultural workers for all grades by 6% from 1 April 2024.

New proposed minimum wage rates for agricultural workers

Grade 1 - Minimum rate

Applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment - £7.99 per hour

Grade 2 - Standard worker

£8.62 per hour

Grade 3 - Lead worker

£10.77 per hour

Grade 4 - Craft Grade

£11.58 per hour

Grade 5 - Supervisory Grade

£12.18 per hour

Grade 6 - Farm Management Grade

£13.23 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.

The AWB will meet again on 22 March 2024 to consider any objections to the proposals. The board will make an Order to give effect to the new rates and other amendments which would come into operation on 1 April 2024.

Pay increase for agricultural workers.

First published 27 February 2024