The minimal wage for agricultural employees in Wales is about to extend from April 1.

Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has immediately (Tuesday, March 7) signed the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2023, which units the minimal hourly wage for all agricultural, horticultural and forestry employees in Wales.

These new charges are based mostly on the recommendation of the unbiased Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales.

The order additionally amends the wording concerning annual go away yr intervals and the calculation of vacation pay for employees with variable hours.

And, it contains company employees and employees employed by gang masters who might not have a contract of service straight with the employer.

In a press release, Griffiths stated: “Making certain agricultural employees obtain honest pay, which recognises the necessary function they play within the Welsh agricultural sector while contributing to the agricultural financial system, and atmosphere, is of paramount significance and a key aim of this authorities.”

Griffiths stated the order bolsters her dedication to supporting the viability of the agricultural sector in Wales.

“Welsh authorities stays dedicated to the targets of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014,” she stated.

“This necessary piece of laws has a direct hyperlink to combating poverty in rural Wales and supporting the targets of the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act.”

Minimal pay charges

Below the brand new Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2023, the minimal charges of pay for the 5 grades of agricultural employee are as follows:

Class of Employee £ per hour
A1 – agricultural improvement employee (aged 16-17) £5.28
A2 – agricultural improvement employee (aged 18-20) £7.49
A3 – agricultural improvement employee (aged 21-22) £10.23
A4 – agricultural improvement employee (aged 23+) £10.47
B1 – agricultural employee (aged 16-17) £5.28
B2 – agricultural employee (aged 18-20) £7.49
B3 – agricultural employee (aged 21-22) £10.23
B4 – agricultural employee (aged 23+) £10.74
C – agricultural superior employee £11.07
D – senior agricultural employee £12.14
Agricultural supervisor £13.32