Agricultural Minimum Wage

The Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2019 was made on 6 March 2019 and will come into force on 1 April 2019. This Order replaces, subject to some changes and a transitional provision, the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2018.

It makes provision about the minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for agricultural workers in Wales.

The Order increases the minimum pay levels for all categories and grades of agricultural workers in Wales by:

  • 2% for workers of Grades 3 to 6, Grade 1 workers of compulsory school age (aged 13-16) and Grade 2 standard workers;
  • 4% for Grade 1 workers aged 16 to 24; and
  • 5% for Grade 1 workers aged 25 and above. 

For full details of the Order please click here.

National Minimum Wage rates (which of course are the minimum wage rates outside the agricultural sector in Wales, and the minimum in all sectors in England) are also to increase from 1 April as follows:

  • National Living Wage, age 25+: £8.21 (currently £7.83)
  • Standard adult rate, age 21-24: £7.70 (currently £7.38)
  • Development rate, age 18-20: £6.15 (currently £5.90)
  • Young workers rate, age 16-17: £4.35 (currently £4.20)
  • Apprentice rate: £3.90 (currently £3.70)

The accommodation offset limit (the maximum daily deduction from the National Minimum Wage) will increase to £7.55 (currently £7.00).