Minimum wage increase for agricultural workers announced in Northern Ireland

The ‘Grade 1 Minimum Rate’ of wages for local agricultural workers has been increased, with effect from October 1, 2014.

The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has announced that the ‘Grade 1 Minimum Rate’ of wages will increase from £6.47 per hour to £6.50 per hour from 1 October 2014, in line with a scheduled increase in the National Minimum Wage from that date.

The pay increase applies to Grade 1 workers only. The minimum rates of pay for Grade 2 – Grade 6 agricultural workers remain unchanged.

Therefore, the rates of pay from 1 October 2014 are:

· Minimum Rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment – £6.50 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.


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