Independent Member, Agriculture and Wages Boards for Northern Ireland

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) needs to fill the position of Independent Member of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) from 1 April 2015 for a 3 year term. The AWB is a statutory body which sets minimum wages and certain other employment rights, such as holiday entitlement, for agricultural workers in Northern Ireland. Those successful will help influence the employment conditions for agricultural workers throughout Northern Ireland.

The AWB meets three times per year, with independent members receiving a fee of £138.00 per meeting (includes preparation and attendance). Travel expenses, subsistence and dependants & childcare fees are also payable.
No formal qualifications are required but applicants must be effective communicators with good interpersonal skills. Experience is required at ‘Supervisory Level’. This means the candidate must have had experience of directing the execution of a task or activity. Where the criteria states “a minimum of 6 months’ experience gained within the last 10 years”, we are asking for at least 6 months’ experience you have gathered over the period 2005 to 2015.

DARD is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. It is also committed to equality of opportunity for all individuals and expressions of interest are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, young people, disabled people and ethnic minority groups, recognising that they are currently under-represented on the Department’s existing public bodies.

Further information and application packs are available online from:

The application pack can also be obtained by contacting:

Kristopher Todd
Farm Policy Branch
Room 910
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Telephone: 02890 524873

Application packs can be provided in other formats/languages upon request.

Closing date 4pm on 19 December 2014