Wage rises ‘in line’ with UK minimum

2:49pm Friday 29th November 2013

THE majority of farm and estate staff salary reviews are in line with, or above, the national minimum wage rise, according to Smiths Gore’s research department.

A poll they carried out found that since the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in England earlier this year there has been a remarkable consistency in salary reviews across the agricultural sector.

The national minimum wage rise and “matching inflation” have replaced the AWB as the most common measures used to set salary reviews.

The poll found a two per cent increase was the most common review agreed, with 75 per cent of respondents reporting a rise between 1.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent at or above the national minimum wage rise.

Jason Beedell, head of research said: “We are not surprised the national minimum wage has been used by so many farms and estates as it is the simplest ‘go to’ index to use with reference to wages.

“It is good news for workers that no wage freezes or cuts were reported, as other sectors have not been so fortunate. It is also good news for the sector as it looks to raise its profile by retaining and attracting recruits into agriculture.”

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