Agricultural Workers – Get It Right

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Agricultural workers in Wales are normally entitled to:

  • Minimum rates of pay (which may be higher than the National Minimum Wage)
  • Paid holiday
  • Agricultural sick pay (paid at least the Agricultural Minimum Wage when off work sick. This includes any statutory sick pay they may be entitled to)
  • Pay even if bad weather stops work
  • Night work pay
  • On-call allowance
  • 30-minute rest breaks, if they are 18 or over and work more than 5.5 hours a day

The Agricultural Minimum Wage depends on the worker’s job grade and category as shown below.

Full-time workers

A worker must be paid the weekly rate, if their contract says they should work 39 hours a week (not including overtime). Otherwise, they must be paid the hourly rate.

Grade of worker

Weekly pay

Hourly pay

Hourly overtime

Grade 1 (compulsory school age)

n/a

£3.11

£4.67

Grade 1 (above compulsory school age)

£242.19

£6.21

£9.32

Grade 2

£271.44

£6.96

£10.44

Grade 3

£298.74

£7.66

£11.49

Grade 4

£320.19

£8.21

£12.32

Grade 5

£339.30

£8.70

£13.05

Grade 6

£366.60

£9.40

£14.10

Full-time and part-time flexible workers

Flexible workers must be paid at least the weekly rate if they are full-time, or at least the hourly rate if they are part-time.

Grade of worker

Days per week

Hourly pay

Weekly pay

Hourly overtime

Grade 1

4 to 5

6

£6.52

£6.64

£254.28

£258.96

£9.32

£9.32

Grade 2

4 to 5

6

£7.31

£7.45

£285.09

£290.55

£10.44

£10.44

Grade 3

4 to 5

6

£8.04

£8.20

£313.56

£319.80

£11.49

£11.49

Grade 4

4 to 5

6

£8.62

£8.78

£336.18

£342.42

£12.32

£12.32

Grade 5

4 to 5

6

£9.14

£9.31

£356.46

£363.09

£13.05

£13.05

Grade 6

4 to 5

6

£9.87

£10.06

£384.93

£392.34

£14.10

£14.10

 Apprentices

For years 3 and above, apprentices must receive at least the rate for Grade 2 workers.

Year

Age

Weekly pay

Hourly pay

Hourly overtime

1

Any

£139.23

£3.57

£5.36

2

16 to 17

£145.08

£3.72

£5.52

2

18 to 20

£196.17

£5.03

£7.47

2

21 +

£246.09

£6.31

£9.29

If you require any more information on agricultural workers’ rights, please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/agricultural-workers-rights/overview

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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