Appointment of Chair and two Independent Members to the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Chair and two Independent Members to the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB). AWB is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DAERA. The AWB is a statutory body responsible for setting minimum wages, and certain other employment rights, such as holiday entitlement, for agricultural workers in Northern Ireland.

Further information about the organisation can be obtained from the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) page on the DAERA website.

About the public appointments process

The links below provide further information on the public appointments process:

You may also be interested in registering for a free workshop on the public appointments process being offered by CPANI.

More information about this competition and about public appointments in general is available from the NI Direct website:

About these positions

Time commitment and remuneration

The total time commitment for the role of Chair of the AWB is up to five days per annum and is remunerated at £294 per day.

The total time commitment for the Independent Member role is up to five days per annum and is remunerated at £152 per day.

Period of appointment and commencement date

It is anticipated that the successful candidates will be appointed for a three-year period by 8 January 2024.

Closing Date: Completed applications must be returned to the Department by Noon on Thursday 2 November 2023.

We have extended the closing date for applications to Noon on Thursday 2nd November 2023.

Equality of Opportunity

DAERA is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DAERA is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants. Applications are particularly welcome from women, young people, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI). The Commissioner’s role is to regulate, monitor, report and advise on the way in which Ministers make appointments to the Boards of many public bodies in Northern Ireland.

How to apply

A merit-based process will be applied alongside the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability for this position.

Applicants will be expected to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for appointment.

To apply please download the documents from the Appointment of Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) Application Documents page.

An application pack and further information is available by contacting:

DAERA’s Public Appointments Unit,
Ballykelly House,
111 Ballykelly Road,
Ballykelly, Limavady,
BT49 9HP Tel: 028 7744 2025

or e-mail

This material will also be made available, on request, in other formats such as Braille, large print, audio, etc. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

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