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Agricultural Wages

Last updated: 08 Nov 2017

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On the 2nd November 2017 Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths signed The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2017. This is the second wages Order made under the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 and the first wages order made on the basis of recommendations from the independent Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales, formed in April 2016.


The Agricultural Wages Order specifies minimum rates of pay and other conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales. The new rates increase minimum rates of pay for all grades and categories of workers. Grades 3 to 6 now receive a 1.2% rise in comparison to the 2016 wage levels, while Grade 2 workers’ hourly rate is set at £7.54. Grade 1 workers’ wages are set above the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, depending on the age of the worker.


The provisions of the new order were applied from the 3rd November and will be backdated to 1 April 2017.


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 becomes higher than the agricultural minimum rate prescribed under the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order, those rates will need to be respected.


Further information is available on the Welsh Government website, via email: [email protected], or by telephone: 0300 062 5004.

Further information on agricultural wages available here

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