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The Agricultural Wages Order 2022 came into force on 22 April 2022. It is backdated to 1 April 2021. This recompenses those agricultural workers who would have expected an increase in their hourly wage from this date. This is as proposed in the autumn 2020 consultation. As a result, some employers may need to make back payments to some of their employees. 

The Order makes some significant changes to the Agricultural Minimum Wage framework. These include a new grading structure for agricultural workers.

Minimum Wage Rates 2021/2022

The minimum rates of pay for the five new grades of Agricultural worker from 1 April 2021 are as follows:

Minimum hourly rates of pay

Grade £ per hour
Grade A

Agricultural Development Worker (16 – 17 years)

£4.62
Agricultural Development Worker (18 – 20 years) £6.56
Agricultural Development Worker (21 – 22 years) £8.36
Agricultural Development Worker (23+ years) £8.91
Grade B Agricultural Worker (16 – 17 years) £4.62
Agricultural Worker (18 – 20 years) £6.56
Agricultural Worker (21 – 22 years) £8.36
Agricultural Worker (23+ years) £9.19
Grade C Advanced Agricultural Worker £9.47
Grade D Senior Agricultural Worker £10.39
Grade E Agricultural Manager £11.40
 
Apprentice Year 1 £4.30
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (under 19 years) £4.62
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (19 – 20 years) £6.56
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (21 – 22 years) £8.36
Apprentice Years 2 (23+ years) £8.91

Other changes to allowance rates

Allowance Rate
Dog Allowance £8.53 Per Dog per Week
Night Time Work Allowance £1.62 Per Hour of Night Work
Birth / Adoption Allowance £67.09 For Each Child

Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2022

The National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates increased from 1 April 2022. These increases affect all workers, including agricultural workers. Therefore, the minimum rates of pay for the five new grades of Agricultural worker from 1 April 2022 (which will stay in force until a new Agricultural Wages Order is made, or until they are superseded by further changes to the National Minimum/Living Wage) are as follows:

Grade £ per hour
Grade A Agricultural Development Worker (16 – 17 years) £4.81
Agricultural Development Worker (18 – 20 years) £6.83
Agricultural Development Worker (21 – 22 years) £9.18
Agricultural Development Worker (23+ years) £9.50
Grade B Agricultural Worker (16 – 17 years) £4.81
Agricultural Worker (18 – 20 years) £6.83
Agricultural Worker (21 – 22 years) £9.18
Agricultural Worker (23+ years) £9.50
Grade C Advanced Agricultural Worker £9.50
Grade D Senior Agricultural Worker £10.39
Grade E Agricultural Manager £11.40
     
Apprentice Year 1 £4.81
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (under 19 years) £4.81
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (19 – 20 years) £6.83
Apprentice Year 2 and beyond (21 – 22 years) £9.18
Apprentice Years 2 (23+ years) £9.50

The Order freezes minimum rates of pay for agricultural workers employed before 22 April 2022 who would otherwise suffer a reduction in their minimum hourly rate as a result of these changes. This will remain the case until the applicable minimum rate reaches or exceeds their current rate of pay, or they move up to the next grade.

More detailed information and guidance is available at Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales.