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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Life After the Agricultural Wages Board

We have now had formal confirmation that  25 June will mark the end of the Agricultural Wages Board in England. The current Agricultural Wages Order will remain in force until 1 October 2013.

From 1 October employers will be free to engage new workers on  terms and conditions that are unbound by what many in the industry view as the sometimes rigid framework imposed by the old ag wages legislation.

How does the new regime compare to the old?

Below are just a few of the expected differences between the old and new regime, although some or all of the existing AWO provisions may remain in place depending on legislative amendments and how they interact with current employment contracts.


Where and when can I find out more?

We are holding a “Life after the Agriculture Wages Board” breakfast seminar on Tuesday 10 September 2013 in Spalding, Lincs. It is for employers in the arable and horticulture sectors and will offer focused, practical advice about how AWB abolition affects businesses. It will cover the position in relation to both new and existing workers.

We are expecting demand for the seminar to be high. To express your interest and reserve a place, please email

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all about the implications of AWB abolition for your business, please do give Phil Cookson a call on 01733 898970.