Independent Member to the Agricultural Wages Board

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is initiating a Public Appointment for an Independent Member to the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).  Any appointment from this competition will be made by a Minister. AWB is a DAERA Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDBP) set up under the powers of the Agriculture Wages (Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977.  If appointed, the successful applicant will help influence the employment conditions for agricultural workers throughout Northern Ireland.

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.  Further information about the organisation can be obtained from the DAERA website at

Time Commitment and Remuneration: The AWB meets three times a year.  Independent Members receive an attendance fee of £142 per meeting.

Terms of Appointment:  At this point it is not known when a Minister will be in place to make an appointment from this competition.  It is expected that the successful candidate will be appointed for a 3 year period from his/her appointment date.

 Application Process: A merit based process will be applied alongside the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability. Applicants will be expected to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for appointment. The essential criteria are:

  • A minimum of 6 months’ experience within the last 10 years at supervisory level of resolving conflict or problem solving.

Experience is required at “Supervisory Level”, but not necessarily in an industrial or commercial setting.  This means the candidate must have had experience of directing the execution of a task or activity. Where the essential criteria states “a minimum of 6 months experience gained within the last 10 years”, we are asking for at least 6 months experience gathered over the period 2008 to 2018.

Should shortlisting be required, the shortlisting criteria to be applied are:

  • A minimum of 6 months’ experience, gained at supervisory level within the last 10 years, in the administration of business or employment matters; and
  • A minimum of 6 months’ experience gained at supervisory level within the last 10 years, of understanding and interpreting legislation or the application of legislative guidelines.

A sift of applications will be carried out and short listing criteria applied if necessary. A panel interview will follow.

Applicants must be effective communicators with good interpersonal skills; this will be tested at interview stage.

More information about this competition and about public appointments in general is available from the NI Direct website: An application form can also be downloaded from this website.

This is a Commissioner for Public Appointments in Northern Ireland (CPA NI) Regulated appointment.

An application pack and further information is available by contacting Dolores Kelly, Ballykelly House, 111 Ballykelly Road, Ballykelly, Limavady BT49 9HP (Tel: 02877 442025 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.


Closing date: Completed applications must be returned to the Department by 4.00pm on Friday 22nd February 2019.

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 dependents.  Since women, young people, people from ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under represented on the Agricultural Wages Board, applications from these groups would be particularly welcome.