The UK Rules
Grades and Categories

Agriculture Job Grades and Categories UK

Agricultural worker grade and category determines your rights, entitlements, and minimum wages. This section explains the differences between farm job grades and categories.

AGRICULTURAL WORKER GRADES: Agricultural job grading gets based on the responsibilities, skills, and qualifications.

Grade 1: Initial Grade

As rule, a grade 1 worker has supervision. The work tends to be 'relatively' simple tasks.

These can include helping with the harvest, mucking out a horse livery, or packing goods for sale.

After working for the same employer for 30 weeks you then have the right to get trained to grade 2 level. The 30 weeks must be continuous employment and not accumulated over a few years.

Grade 2: Standard Worker

You can get an automatic grading to agricultural worker grade 2. To do so, you would need to have one of the following qualifications:

A grade 2 farm worker is also someone who:

Grade 3: Lead Worker

As a rule, agricultural worker grade 3 means you have completed two of the last five years in agriculture. Grade 3 workers will have either of the following qualifications:

Someone with a job grade 3 will also:

Grade 4: Craft Grade

A grade 4 worker is someone with either of the following qualifications:

A grade 4 worker is also someone who has:

Grade 5: Supervisory Grade

The responsibilities of a grade 5 worker are either:

Grade 6: Farm Management Grade

Grade 6 workers' responsibilities include:

Agricultural Workers' Categories

Farm job categories get based on the duties, responsibilities, and/or qualifications of the work involved.

Flexible Workers

A flexible worker needs to have written 'flexible working agreement'. The definition of a full-time flexible worker is one who:

The definition of a part-time flexible worker is one who:


The definition of trainee is one who is part of:

Note: The Leonardo da Vinci programme is a European Commission funding programme. It focuses on the teaching and training needs of those involved in vocational education and training (VET).


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job along with some studying. An apprentice will:

Agricultural Gangmaster

An individual, an agency, or a company that provides workers for farming is better known as a 'gangmaster'.

Agricultural gangmasters must have a 'Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority' licence to provide workers for:

Farm gangmasters do not need a GLAA licence to supply workers for certain jobs in the industry. These include:

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)
PO Box 10272

Telephone: +44 (0)345 602 5020
Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Check the cost of calling 0345 numbers.


Agricultural Workers' Rights: A section with information on the rights of agricultural and farm workers.
Changes to Employment Terms: New rules for agricultural jobs in England from the 1st of October 2013.
Farm Workers' Tenancy Rights: Agricultural workers may get automatic 'assured agricultural occupancy'.
Gangmasters in Agriculture: An individual, agency, or a company that provides workers for farming.
Pay and Overtime: Information in the page lists farm worker pay rates by grade and category.

Job Grading and Categories for Agricultural Workers in the United Kingdom