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Agricultural wages

We are responsible for introducing Agricultural wages orders which specify the minimum rates of pay and other conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales. 

The Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014

Under the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 (external link), the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales (external link) was established in 2016. The Panel’s functions are:

  • promoting careers in agriculture
  • preparing agricultural orders in draft, consulting on such orders and submitting them to the Welsh Ministers for approval
  • advising the Ministers on such other matters relating to the agricultural sector in Wales as required.  

The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2017

The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2017 (external link) is the first Order made based on the recommendations of the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales. The Order replaces the 2016 Order and makes new provisions about the minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales.

The following table contains the rates of the 2016 and 2017 Orders for comparison: 

Grade or Category of Worker

Minimum Hourly Rate 2016

Minimum Hourly Rate 2017

Grade 1 worker of compulsory school age (13-16)

        £3.30

 

 

£3.34

Grade 1 worker (16 – 24 years of age)

(for ages 16-20)

 

£6.72

 

(for ages 21-24)

 

£6.72 until 1 October 2016

£6.95 from 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017

 

£7.06 (NMW, (Year 21-24) +1p)

Grade 1 worker (aged 25+)

£6.72 until 1 April 2016

 

£7.20 from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

 

£7.51  (NLW + 1p)

Grade 2 worker

£7.39

 

£7.54  (NLW + 4p)

Grade 3 worker

£8.12

£8.22

Grade 4 worker

£8.72

£8.82

Grade 5 worker

£9.23

£9.34

Grade 6 worker

£9.97

£10.09


The following table provides the rates set for Year 1 and Year 2 Apprentices in the 2017 Order in comparison to the rates specified by the 2016 Order:

Category of apprentice

      2016 rates

 

              2017 rates

Year 1 Apprentice

£3.78

 

£3.78

Year 2 Apprentice (aged 16-17)

£3.90

 

£4.05

Year 2 Apprentice (aged 18-20)

£5.30

 

£5.60

Year 2 Apprentice (aged 21-24)

£6.70

 

£7.05

Year 2 Apprentice (aged 25+)*

£6.70 (until 31 March 2016)

 

£7.20 (1 April 2016-31 March 2017)

 

£7.50

 
*Categorised as Year 2 Apprentice (aged 21 and over) in 2016 Order.

Relationship of the Agricultural Minimum Wage rates to the UK National Minimum Wage and the UK National Living Wage 

The UK National Minimum/Living Wage rates apply to all workers, including agricultural workers.  The rates change on 1 April each year. Where the UK National Minimum Wage rate/National Living Wage rate become higher than the agricultural minimum rate prescribed under the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order, those rates will need to be respected.  

Contact details

For further information, please e-mail: SLMenquiries@wales.gsi.gov.uk, or telephone: 0300 062 5004.