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.
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.
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:
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:
A grade 4 worker is someone with either of the following qualifications:
A grade 4 worker is also someone who has:
The responsibilities of a grade 5 worker are either:
Grade 6 workers' responsibilities include:
Farm job categories get based on the duties, responsibilities, and/or qualifications of the work involved.
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:
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
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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