Farm wage to rise by 2.8%.

Under proposals made by the Agricultural Wages Board, the standard farm wage will increase by nearly 3% in England and Wales.  Following negotiations in Northanmptonshire, the board recommended that the minimum hourly pay for Grade 2 standard rate should increase by 2.8% from October 1st.  This will see the grade rise from £6.40 to £6.58 per hour.  Higher grades are recommended to increase by the same percentage, while the Grade 1 minimum rate is proposed to rise by 2.4% to £5.95 per hour.

 

The NFU have described the outcome as 'challenging' and called on the Government to abolish the Board, which is made up of NFU, Unite Union representatives and five independent members.  The NFU deputy president, Meurig Raymond, said the proposed award 'sits between inflation forecasts for CPI and RPI yet exceeds current levels of average pay growth across the economy'.  He said the NFU appreciated that the cost of living is rising for farm workers, who also face a 1% increase in their national insurance contributions.  "We want to make sure that the farming industry is seen as a stable and fair paying industry".  Read more....