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Written Statement - Agricultural Wages in Wales

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs
The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales, which was established a year ago under the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014, has  considered new minimum wage rates for agricultural workers in Wales. It has also considered  skills and career development within the sector.

I am grateful to the Panel for  preparing a new wages order in draft and submitting it to me for approval.  I have referred the draft Order back to the Panel for consideration  and resubmission to me. Until any  new  wages order comes into force, agricultural workers in Wales will continue to be subject to the terms and conditions of the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2016.

The increase to the UK National Minimum Wage and the UK National Living Wage rates on 1 April impacts on the wages of some farm workers in Wales. The table below summarises the changes in respect of agricultural workers employed at Grades 1 and 2


 Grade  Minimum Hourly Rate from 1 April 2017
 Grade 1:  25 and over:         £7.50 
 Grade 1:  21-24:  £7.05
 Grade 1:  16-20:                   £6.72
 Grade 2 (aged 25 and over)  £7.50 



All other categories and grades of workers will be subject to the rates specified by the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2016. The rates for apprentices will also remain unchanged. More information on the applicable wages can be found at the Welsh Government’s website at:

http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/agricultural-sector-wales-act-2014/interim-order/?skip=1&lang=en.