Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 March 2018

No change in minimum wage for agriculture

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

There is no change to the minimum wage for agricultural workers.

The latest document from the Labour Relations Commission shows that experienced adult agricultural workers are entitled to a minimum of €9.10 per hour, rising to €9.33 per hour from July.

This may come as a surprise to many farmers, after the Budget announcement that the minimum wage was to be cut by €1/hr from €8.65 to €7.65/hr.

However, agricultural workers have been covered by different rates from the national minimum wage since it was introduced here in 2000.

These rates are outlined in Employment Regulation Orders which are available from the Labour Court or their website at

It outlines the different rates that apply to trainee workers and new entrants, along with overtime rates.

It also details the minimum holiday entitlements, sick pay and grievance and disciplinary procedures that every employer is obliged to follow.

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