Starting salary of assistant herdsman

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by New Holland TM150, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Been doing relief milking for a year now, what is a starting salary for a assistant herdsman with a house or without a house.

    It's a block calving grass based dairy herd.

    Just out of interest, looking at different options.
  2. 20k and a house.
  3. frederick

    frederick Member

    south west
    Sad fact is 20k is minimum wage on a 48 hour week.

    If you want a competent assistant it will be mid to high 20s plus a house with every other weekend off probably another day a fortnight off. And no more than 10 hours a day and never finishing more than 12 hours after you start.

    Assistants are actually harder to find than herdsman.
  4. farmboy

    farmboy Member

    Ideal, I’d better go back to being an assistant!
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  5. Headless chicken

    West Wales
    :cautious:(n) Wife works 44 hours a week for an AG merchant and gets about £1200-£1300 a month and no house
  6. dinderleat

    dinderleat Member

    £10/hr to start, if your reliable after a year a house would be on the cards.
    The chap here works 5 days a week, most days he has from 9-3:30 to him self unless we are busy
  7. It's only minimum wage if you're not valueing the house. My assistant lives in a house that would rent out for £1000/month and I pay his council tax.

    If you say 30k package for 55hr week then that's about £10/hr which I think is fair.
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  8. Grassman247

    Grassman247 Member

    Paying my assistants 30k plus a house valued at 6-7k and also paying there council tax
  9. frederick

    frederick Member

    south west
    One of your figures are wrong.
    Minimum wage 7.83
    Is £1492 a month
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  10. that will be after tax, insurance, Pension etc is it not, otherwise its below minimum wage
  11. pappuller

    pappuller Member

    Average UK wage circa £27 k come on people get real, @Grassman24/7 is on the money. You pay peanuts you get monkeys
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  12. She might be only 18. :sneaky:
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  13. How many assistants you got?
  14. frederick

    frederick Member

    south west
    Dont think grassman and I are that far apart and many people on here will regard mine as excessive.

    Possibly more important as an industry going forwards is to have weekly hours starting with a 4 and a realistic level of pay rather than higher pay and stupid hours.
  15. true but maybe not, and she will be 8 to 5, not 5 to 8 and no Sundays maybe as well
  16. Remember the title of the thread is 'starting salary' , not someone with a decades experience.

    Having a decent house is nearly as important as salary.
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  17. Grassman247

    Grassman247 Member

  18. You have any just general farm hands then or all skilled personnel?
  19. Bald Rick

    Bald Rick Member

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  20. frederick

    frederick Member

    south west
    My view of an assistant would be someone that can run the business whilst herdsman is away. So fair level of competency.
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