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    The minimum you can be paid as an 18 to 20 year old is £262.99, aged 21 and over it is £330.19.

    Most staff will be scale 4 (rider/groom/yard person) where the minimum is £355.11.

    Assistants such as barn leaders and 2nd/3rd travelling staff earn £363.12 and senior management £393.82.

    The yards’ staff, usually senior management, are responsible for organising and distributing the pool money.

    The trainer must have no involvement except to ensure it doesn’t discriminate. For further guidance visit the Pool money section where you can download our pool money template.

    Contact NARS as soon as you can on 01638 663411 or email

    Yes, if your accident was at work, on the way to or from work, your wages will be covered for up to two years by RIABS. For further guidance visit the Injuries at work section.

    You are entitled to one weeks “notice pay” for each year you have worked up to a maximum of 12 years.

    An employer can ask you to leave at any time up until you have served 2 years in the job for no apparent reason, unless you have protected characteristics. Once you have served two years you have considerably more employment rights according to UK employment law.

    Read more about protected characteristic.

    £10.00 up to 6 hours away, £10.00 between 6-8 hours away, £13.50 for over 8 hours away — The hours away must be outside your normal working hours.

    • £15.00 Overnight allowance
    • £30.00 Sunday racing payment
    • £30.00 For every day you are racing abroad

    Time when a worker is travelling on the business of his employer in connection with dutiescarried out by the worker in the course of work is treated as working time whether or not the travelling takes place during his working hours.

    Racing staff are to be paid for time worked away from the yard outside of normal hours at the following rate: £7.83 for all racing staff regardless of age.

    Time away from the yard within the normal daily working hours is paid at the normal rate of pay.

    These payments are liable for tax and National Insurance deductions and should be put through the payroll.

    If locally adopted rates are used then the hourly rate paid must meet or exceed the hourly rate set out in this agreement. It is accepted that employees of yards close to racecourses are unlikely to incur meal expenses when racing at their local course and as such the daily subsistence allowance will not apply to such employees. This is likely to mainly apply to Newmarket staff with runners at Newmarket and Epsom staff with runners at Epsom.

    Overtime is time plus one half and double time on a Sunday.

    Anything over 40 hours on your weekend off is classed as overtime and anything over 45 hours on your weekend on is classed as overtime.

    To calculate your hourly rate take 2 weeks wages and divide by 85 that is your hourly rate.

    You should give one weeks’ notice for every year worked but refer to your contract if you have one. Senior staff are often required to give more notice, again refer to your contract.

    For the first year of your employment you are entitled to 30 days.

    After your first year you are entitled to 32 days.

    Once you have spent 5 years with the same employer you are entitled to 34 days.

    Yes. Bank holidays are inclusive in your annual leave.

    Most yards will have a rota that splits the yard in two, with one half working Christmas and one half working the New Year. Be aware that if you have used all of your holiday you wouldn’t be entitled to any more time off, if you still have holiday left they may use that against any time you have off over the festive period.

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    Legal services for NARS Members

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    The National Association of Racing Staff is one of the inaugural signatories to the industry diversity & inclusion (D&I) commitment and launching its diversity & inclusion (D&I) strategy. The staff that work in racing come from a diverse background and we are proud to represent them, the diversity and inclusivity strategy will demonstrate our commitment to all our members.

    The National Association of Racing Staffs D&I strategy is overseen by the NARS executive, Chief Executive, President and Vice President.