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Agriculture, solicitors and potential issues you may face as a worker

Anyone that works in the agricultural sector has employment rights just like any other employee working in the UK. However, because you are working in agriculture, you should be aware of a number of differences that do exist for people that work in the agricultural industries. Initially you should be sure you are actually working in agriculture. The agriculture sector includes: 

  • Farming activity that includes arable, dairy or sheep farming
  • Farming activity that produces products that include flowers or plants
  • Farming activity that includes land for grazing, meadow or pasture

If your type of agricultural work is not listed above, call the Pay and Work Rights Help line for more advice: 0800 917 2368. You can also visit their website at:


One area of agriculture in which solicitors can be very useful is if you have a dispute with your employer. If you can’t resolve your dispute through mediation for instance, you may need to use an employment tribunal. If you do decide on this type of action, the support, help and representation of solicitors is vitally important to the success of your case.

Solicitors knowledgeable in agriculture law can also be advisable if your levels of pay are not what you expect. As an agricultural worker you are entitled to the Agricultural Minimum Wage which is different to the National Minimum Wage that workers are entitled to in other industry sectors.

The Agricultural Minimum Wage is based on your grade, with agricultural workers falling into one of six grades. If you think you are not being paid what you are entitled to with regards to wage and agriculture, solicitors could help you obtain the pay you should have. And if you are an apprentice or a trainee, you have different pay grades that your employer should be aware of. If you think you need legal advice, Caven can put you in touch with specialist solicitors in your area.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about business law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist agricultural solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local agricultural solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 167 or complete the web-form above.

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