Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2022

The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales advises Welsh Ministers on the Agricultural Minimum Wage arrangements for agricultural, horticultural and forestry workers in Wales, and the Senedd usually passes a new Order each year setting new pay rates.

No Agricultural Wages Order was made in 2021, but a new Order will come into effect on 22 April 2022, and will apply retrospectively from 1 April 2022. As well as new rates of pay, there is a revised grading structure. 

It is important to note that althought the rates as set out in the Order are less generous that those originally recommended by the Panel as detailed in our earlier blog here (whilst the other allowances are more generous), the published rates are subject to the qualifier that national minimum wage rates must be paid if they are higher.

The new grades and the rates of pay and other allowances that are payable are set out below. (*Denotes national minimum wage rate in excess of rate prescribed by the Order.)

Grade                                                                               Rate per hour

A1 – Agricultural Development Worker (16-17 years)      £4.81*

A2 – Agricultural Development Worker (18-20 years)      £6.83*

A3 – Agricultural Development Worker (21-22 years)      £9.18*

A4 – Agricultural Development Worker (23 years+)         £9.50*

B1 – Agricultural Worker (16-17 years)                            £4.81*

B2 – Agricultural Worker (18-20 years)                            £6.83*

B3 – Agricultural Worker (21-22 years)                            £9.18*

B4 – Agricultural Worker (23 years+)                               £9.50*

C – Agricultural Advanced Worker                                   £9.47 or, if over 23, £9.50*

D – Senior Agricultural Worker                                        £10.39*

E – Agricultural Manager                                                 £11.40

Apprentice Year 1                                                            £4.81*

Apprentice Year 2 (aged 16-17)                                      £4.81*

Apprentice Year 2 (aged 18-20)                                      £6.83*

Apprentice Year 2 (aged 21-22)                                      £9.18*

Apprentice Year 2 (aged 23+)                                         £9.50*

Other Allowances

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

The new Order also includes provisions in relation to daily rest and weekly rest in line with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

The Order can be accessed here. Our blog detailing the current national minimum wages rates is here.

For further information and advice in relation to employment law specific to the agricultural sector in Wales, please contact me or another member of the Employment team.