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The legislation and guidance relating to the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales (“the panel”) is listed here.

Agricultural Wages guidance

Please read this legislation together with the Agricultural Wages guidance.

Agricultural workers' employment status: guidance

An explanation of the employment status and rights of farmers (as employers) and agricultural workers

This guidance is a summary of the law in relation to the employment status of agricultural workers. You should take professional legal advice over specific matters.

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2022

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2022 defines terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers.

The Order makes some significant changes to the Agricultural Minimum Wage framework including:

  • a new grading structure and descriptions
  • changes to the minimum rates of pay and allowances
  • removal of the outdated schedules of qualifications included in previous orders
  • establishment of a qualifications-based progression route through the grading structure based on qualifications within a relevant Welsh Government Apprenticeship Framework
  • clarification to the on-call and accommodation offset allowance.

It came into force on 22 April 2022 and is backdated to 1 April 2021. It replaces the 2020 Order.

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2020

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2020 is replaced and revoked by the Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2022.

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2019 

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2019 is replaced and revoked by the Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2020.

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2018

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2018 is replaced and revoked by the Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2019.

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2016

The Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2016 is replaced and revoked by the Agriculture Wages (Wales) Order 2017.

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales (Establishment) Order 2016 

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales (Establishment) Order 2016 establishes the panel as an independent advisory body to the Welsh Ministers.  The panel’s functions are to promote careers in agriculture, to prepare agricultural wages orders in draft, consult on such orders to submit them to the Welsh Ministers and to advise the Welsh Ministers on matters relating to the agricultural sector in Wales.

The Agriculture Sector (Wales) Act 2014

The Agriculture Sector (Wales) Act 2014 makes provisions for:

  • the establishment of the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales
  • the making of orders which set the terms and conditions for persons employed in agriculture in Wales ( agricultural workers) 
  • the enforcement of such terms and conditions