Award Rates & Contracts for Farm Managers

The People in Agriculture website states the following under Rates for Managers:

Business managers will be award free provided their duties and responsibilities are greater than the highest classification set out in the relevant award. The National Employment Standards apply, but overtime and penalty rates do not apply as these are award entitlements. If managers are going to work more than 38 hours per week, the additional hours must be 'reasonable'.

As you can see from this small example, drawing up a contract is not a simple task and involves much thought and consideration. You can see an example contract drawn up for Permanent Full-Time employment for managers under the Rates for Managers section, which is relevant to farm management jobs in the agricultural sector. It is always a good idea to seek professional advice if you are unsure of your responsibilities as an employer, or if you need assistance drawing up legal documents relating to your business.

Seeding 2018

Seeding recruitment is well underway for 2018 and Emma and Renae are busy sorting the wheat from the chaff! If you haven’t already, register your vacancy details now. You can also review the Featured Candidates on our website to get a taster of those available.

It's Ag Show Season!

To lighten things up a little, let's talk Ag Shows! There are 2 upcoming shows in March. The Wagin Woolorama is running on the 9th and 10th of March, and the Warren District Agricultural Show will be on the 17th of March. Visit their websites to find out about all the fantastic events and competitions running this year. Hopefully you will be able to take some time off to support your local agricultural show in 2018. Rural Enterprises will keep you updated through our blog with dates for upcoming shows - we will make sure you don't miss out!

Featured Jobs

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Featured Candidates

59 year old Kiwi; worked through Rural Enterprises many times and comes with great references. Available mid April to early/mid June. Takes care of machinery and accommodation. Experienced in header, chaser and seeding work in WA for a number of seasons now. Looking in the vicinity of $28/hr and 12-14 hour days. NB: Not interested in an operation that runs 24/7. Good sense of humour and a good guy to have around.

Couple looking for work, aged 24 and 23, both non smokers from the UK on their second year WHV. Available 18 March on farm and have their own vehicle. He’s looking for an air seeder position and plenty of hours (not interested in spraying). Has agriculture and earthmoving background in UK and worked seeding season 2017. Experienced operating JD 9530, 60ft flexicoil bar, JD 8770 with Marshall multi spreader; earthmoving, excavators, FEL, Trucks. Seeking $27-28+. She also worked WA seeding season (child minding, cooking/cleaning, running errands) and would love this type of work again. Looking for $23 per hour. Ideal location would be north of Perth (flexible).

Although we specialise in agricultural recruitment, we come across the odd non-ag candidate who may be a hidden gem. Meet this 19 year old from the Geraldton region. Non smoker and looking for either seasonal or permanent work. Available NOW and has own vehicle. Flexible on location however prefers to stay close to Geraldton. No farming experience but keen to try something new. Has HR licence but limited experience. Has some basic mechanical and construction skills. Rebuilt his first car with his father and can weld. Great reference from local teleco company advising anyone who employs him won't be disappointed. He asks questions, is a quick learner, reliable and works hard.