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The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

Paying it safe – what you need to know about grooms’ wages

by Kelly Wallace Horne

March is that time of year that we approach the end of one Tax Year and the start of the next, and the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage increases.

The New National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage 2018

This is important for everyone in the equine industry – employers and employees alike. Equestrianism is a notoriously low-pay industry in terms of hourly salary, and salaries are frequently, if not always, topped up with extras, bonuses and tidbits. But in reality, how lawful are we in doing this without the advice and guidance of accountants and tax specialists? And what are the consequences of getting it wrong?

The UK Government has strict laws regarding the minimum sum of money any individual can receive in return for work done and it can be confusing at least, a minefield at worst, when remunerating staff not just fairly, but legally too.  In this article we give answers to basic questions for both employers and employees regarding the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage and to highlight common misconceptions within the equine industry regarding wages, remuneration packages and the law.

The content provided in this article is for informational purposes only. We kindly remind readers that it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that the information they are working to is correct and appropriate for their specific circumstances. Always consult a qualified professional in times of doubt.

 

What is the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage?

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - What is the new NMW

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW) is the minimum wage per hour a worker is entitled to in the United Kingdom. These rates are set out into age bands, from Apprentices through to experienced adults. The wages are reviewed yearly by the government and are advised by the independent body Low Pay Commission (LPC). These rates are not guidelines, they are the law, and there are few exceptions to employees who are entitled to these hourly rates.

 

 

What are the new National Minimum Wage and Living Wage hourly rates?

The new National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates are as follows:

April 2020 ‚Äď March 2021

Level/Age Min. Hourly Rate
Apprentice £4.15
Under-18 £4.55
18-20 £6.45
21-24 £8.20
25 and over £8.72

 

From what date does the new National Minimum Wage and Living Wage apply?

The new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force from the 1st April 2020. All employees must be paid at least the new, increased wage rate regardless of how long they have been in their job.

 

 

Who is entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage?

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - Its all about the moneyTo qualify, a worker in the United Kingdom must be at least:

  • school leaving age¬†(last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16) to get the National Minimum Wage.
  • aged 25 or older to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding, the worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage regardless of any existing employment contract.

Workers are also entitled to the correct minimum wage if they’re:

  • part-time
  • “casual labourers”, for example, someone hired for one day
  • agency workers
  • apprentices
  • trainees, and workers on probation
  • disabled workers
  • agricultural workers
  • foreign workers

Freelance Grooms offering services to horse owners are not employed workers but service providers, therefore do not qualify for the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage. Freelance Grooms will set their own hourly rate.

 

Employees with accommodation – do I still need to pay/receive the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage?

The New National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - AccommodationYes, but an employer is entitled to deduct a set daily/weekly amount from the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. We have covered in some detail the law regarding the National Minimum Wage and jobs with accommodation here. Employer or employee, if it applies to you, do have a read.

 

 

Employees on an excellent salary package with plenty of extras – do I still need to pay/receive the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage on top?

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - Provide a payslipYes. The Government is quite clear on what can be deducted from the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage – only the accommodation offset rate¬†can be deducted from the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage. Bills, extras (wifi, Sky/Satellite/Cable TV, cleaning etc), livery fees/cost of a horse, training/lessons can be charged to the employee, but not deducted from the National Minimum Wage. The employee must receive at least the National Minimum Wage and pay any charges to the employer in a separate transaction. A “payment in kind” arrangement is acceptable as long as it does not take a wage below the National Minimum Wage and, either way, any extras thrown into a salary package must still be declared to HMRC.

 

 

What happens if I don’t pay/receive the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage?

The Government takes the National Minumum Wage and National Living Wage increasingly seriously, so much so that in 2017-2018 they named and shamed almost 180 employers¬†in the UK for underpaying their employees. The employers were also fined ¬£1.3m collectively, on top of collectively paying out ¬£1.1m in backpay for 9200 workers. The Government are on it, and it really isn’t worth risking the consequences!

In the eyes of the law, the National Minimum Wage is not only the employer’s responsibility – an employee mustn’t accept less than the National Minimum Wage for their age. To work out if you are receiving the correct wage for your age you can use this handy National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator from the Government website: National Minimum Wage and Living Wage Calculator.

 

 

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage – Good Practices

 

1. Review, negotiate and agree on a wage or salary package – regularly!

For both employers and employees, the subject of paying and receiving money can be an uncomfortable one to raise, but it really is important that you take this bull by the horns and keep yourself safely within the law. Get over any reluctance to broach the matter, and don’t be afraid to negotiate a fair and legal wage, or salary package, not only at the start of employment but regularly throughout.

Age:¬†Over time, employers must be aware of their employee’s age and make sure their wage is increased to reflect the appropriate age¬†band. Employees mustn’t be afraid to remind an employer that their birthday is approaching. It’s not about being cheeky or greedy, it’s about being lawful.

Changes in circumstances: Remember to review and adjust wages at times of change. If an employee moves from staff accommodation to live out locally it is imperative that their wage is reviewed and adjusted regarding the removal of any accommodation offset rate applied. This could be easy to forget and would lead to a breach of National Minimum Wage and Living Wage laws.

 

2. Play it safe with payments in kind

If you are an employer or employee engaging in like-for-like arrangements, for example, the employee receives riding lessons, livery, the provision of a car or use of the lorry as part of a salary package, scrutinise this carefully РHRMC certainly would. It is perfectly acceptable to offer free products and services as part of a salary package, providing the employee receives the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage in addition to this, and additional benefits and bonuses are reported to HRMC appropriately.

 

3. Be careful when making/accepting deductions from a wage

There are certain circumstances when deductions take a wage below the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage, and you must know when it is legal and when it isn’t. For example, livery for a staff horse cannot be deducted from the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage, and it is illegal to do so. If an employee must pay a fee for an extra such as this, the employee must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage and be charged separately for their horse. Learn more about making deductions here.

 

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - Pay by the hour

4. Ensure hours worked are accurately remunerated

To be honest, in the equestrian industry it’s a common mistake to work out a groom’s salary against standard office hours which, as any seasoned equestrian will know, is highly unlikely to be the case! An employer can choose to pay for a lunch hour or not and, either way, this needs to be clearly stated in the contract of employment. If an employee’s working day is 7am-8.30am, 9am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm, for any number of days in a week, they must be paid for each of those hours! Paying someone who has worked 9 hours or more for 6 days a week the National Minimum Wage for a 9am-5pm Monday-Friday does not count as a legal wage!¬†Also, any overtime must be paid hourly on top of the standard daily salary. Be realistic when paying/receiving the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage. It’s the minimum hourly rate, not a weekly or monthly rate and it’s not a guideline but the law! As an employee, you want to receive your dues – that goes without saying and is in no way unreasonable. As an¬†employer, you not only want to find, recruit and keep your ideal groom, you NEED to ensure you stay within the law regarding these minimum wages.

 

A note on salary packages: Employees may need to declare to HMRC free products or services they receive as part of their salary package, including livery for a horse, the provision of a car and even accommodation. Employers may need to declare payments in the form of such additional extras. Why? Because the right amount of Income Tax and National Insurance must be paid for what the employee receives! Failing to do this can be interpreted as tax evasion and will land you in hot water! More information for employers can be found here. More information for employees can be found here.

 

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - Tax and National Insurance5. Never pay or accept “cash in hand”, even when self-employed

Many of us will remember when the Rt Hon Ed Balls came under fire for suggesting people should get a written receipt for all transactions, even small gardening jobs, even if it was just for ¬£10 to cut a hedge because it was the “right thing to do”. As unpopular this suggestion may have been, he’s not entirely wrong, and this is certainly the case regarding permanent and temporary employment. Employers must provide employees with a payslip, before or on payday, and it must show the employees earnings before and after any deductions, and the amount of any deductions that may change each payday, e.g. Income Tax and National Insurance. The payslip can be paper or electronic (e.g. via email).

If a groom is working on a self-employed basis the groom must provide their “boss” with invoices, and both parties need to keep copies of them. The groom must declare their salary and bonuses in their income tax self-assessment return. The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates still apply.

If a groom works on a Freelance basis, invoices must still be provided and kept but in this case, the Freelance Groom will set the hourly rate of pay and by law, the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage do not apply.

 

6. Know the law and keep up with changes in legislation

It’s boring, often difficult to absorb and understand, but it is imperative that you know your legal requirements and rights regarding the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage, and these will change fairly regularly – at least once a year. Here at Caroline Carter Recruitment, we will try to keep you updated via our Advice, Articles, and Blogs, but we will always recommend you consult an appropriate advisory body with questions and problems.

 

7. Make use of free resources

ACAS offers invaluable services to both employers and employees, with free online tools alongside their helpline. Visit the ACAS website.

The Government website contains a wealth of information regarding all things employment. Navigate your way around using the onscreen links on each page you visit. Visit the Government website.

In addition to these, we will try to keep you informed of laws and legislation with a slant on the equestrian industry. You can see all of our articles here.

 

8. Consider joining the Equestrian Employers Association / British Grooms Association

If you are an employer in the equine industry it really is worthwhile joining the Equestrian Employers Association.¬†EEA members range from private family yards through to large riding schools and Olympic medallists ‚Äď all of whom employ grooms.¬†Membership benefits¬†include access to the Contract Creator, discounted Pension and Payroll services, free legal helpline and bespoke downloads for managing your team.

If you are workings as a groom then the British Grooms Association is for you. The British Grooms Association is the professional body for people who work with horses, offering a unique membership to all grooms who work in the UK and British grooms who work abroad. As a member, you’ll receive dedicated support, career advice and a range of membership benefits.

 

The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage from April 2018 - Review and adjust salaries

Money Matters

It is something the team at Caroline Carter Recruitment will say again and again – don’t be afraid to discuss wages/salary packages/money. Caroline has written an interesting article for both employers and employees about broaching and discussing the subject of salary¬†here, and it’s well worth having a read of it. After all, grooms work for a living, and employers want to keep good grooms! Taking a job, or taking a new employee into your fold is a big move and it only works if it not just starts out right but remains right, and that needs regular review and adjustment. Let’s make this April the perfect time to attend to this.

 

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Job Description Looking for a Groom to work as part of our existing team. You will be working on a friendly, professionally run private livery yard that caters for all, from retired to competition horses and all horses are given the 5 star treatment that we pride ourselves on. You will be expected to be professional at all times, maintain high standards that we have worked hard to achieve. You will also need to be reliable, hardworking, flexible, punctual, friendly and happy to work in a team. Opportunities will be available to prepare horses and attend competitions. We are also offering a Horse Care Apprenticeship for candidates who are interested, which will train you towards a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Horse Care. This qualification, which is a work-based, offers a higher commercial and professional standard than College based Diplomas, due to the learning happening within the work place. You will be expected to cover all daily yard duties: Mucking out, turning out and bringing in, changing rugs, filling hay nets¬† as well as assisting farriers, vets, dentist and other professionals on behalf of our owners. Accommodation details Live out position Benefits Possibility to bring own horse at discounted rate  
*On-site accommodation available * Own horse welcome – training available Based at an International Dressage Yard, a junior is required to add to the team. A fab opportunity to work and train in a busy yard with top-class dressage horses but you must be capable of working with large fit horses. ¬† If you or anyone you know is a dedicated, passionate horse person looking to join a top team this is a wonderful opportunity. An interest to learn and develop and care for the horses and people around you is an important quality you must have and will be taken into consideration. ¬† Great facilities for both equine and human, training in care, management and riding skills. You and your own horse treated as part of the team, training at home given also travelling and support at shows. Full size indoor and outdoor schools. Twenty four indoor boxes. Accommodation details Own room in shared cottage on site.  
Job Description Working as a groom along side the yard manager at a polo academy. We are looking for someone who is very hard working, has attention to detail, tidy, good team player, enthusiastic, friendly, happy to interact with clients and some riding experience but not a necessity. We may also take someone who is a trainee/no polo experience where we can teach them how to do certain elements of the job e.g tacking up for polo. The job would be six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday with Monday as their day off. The Job consists of; mucking out hay, water and feed turnout or bring in horses tacking up for lessons or chukkas grooming for matches cleaning tack and yard area exercising the horses brushing and bathing horses bedding down   Accommodation details We have shared accommodation onsite where a room would be available, however they don’t need to live onsite but would recommend to any candidate who lives far from work place.    
Job Description Groom to look after¬† 5 Polo horses, muck out stables, exercise the horses and clean tack. Minimum Requirements Basic riding,¬† open to learn   Accommodation details live in accomodation   Benefits if you are new in polo its a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill that is very required this days  
Job Description Full time Show Groom/Rider required by family showing yard based in South West Scotland. The job entails all usual yard duties, show turnout and general preparation for shows, training and riding. Possibility to compete for the right person. Opportunity to travel to County Shows plus RIHS and HOYS. Accommodation available or live out. Exciting opportunity for another member of staff to join one of the top show producers and her highly successful team of show horses. The employer is an Elite Accredited Coach for BHS/BSPS who travels to all major shows in the U.K. competing in Hunter, Hack, Cob, Riding Horse, Coloureds and R.O.R. classes. Usual yard duties, ability to ride an advantage but not necessary. An experienced person preferred but will also consider less experienced seeking a career with horses and keen to learn. Minimum Requirements Confident in all sizes and types of show horses. Willing to learn and be 100% committed. Keen to step up/take on responsibility. Previous experience in Showing is an advantage but not essential.   Accommodation details Live in or out Located in an area close to amenities and social facilities – plenty to do in your free time during non-Covid times!   Benefits Opportunity to travel to top County Shows, Royal International and HOYS. Highly rewarded in return for accomplished success. Possibility to compete.  
Job Description Private professional show jumping yard in Wellington, FL, seeking new head groom/manager to organize and oversee 9 horses and other staff. Minimum Requirements Must have previous experience grooming at fei level. Must have previous experience managing other staff. Must be able to legally work in the US. Must drive trailer.   Accommodation details Accommodation available   Benefits Good salary and health insurance  
We are looking for a night watch to support our team. You are nocturnal and like to work when others are already asleep? You are looking for a responsible task and enjoy working with horses ? Then apply now! Your Tasks: regular control of the horses in nightly rounds Visual inspection of the horses’ state of health Your Pofil: several years of experience with horses and the ability to assess their well-being Independent and responsible work Driving licence Willingness to shift work Our Offer: a performance-related salary an attractive working environment in a highly motivated team accommodation available on site If you are interested, then send your application to¬† mohr@schockemoehle.com Job Description Your Tasks: regular control of the horses in nightly rounds Visual inspection of the horses’ state of health Minimum Requirements Your Pofil: several years of experience with horses and the ability to assess their well-being Independent and responsible work Driving licence Willingness to shift work Please notice that applicants from non-EU countries must have a work permit or an EU passport for working in Germany.   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) and meals (breakfast and lunch) on the yard. Rooms cost around 190 ‚ā¨ per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 149 ‚ā¨ per month.     Benefits The stud will finance your safety boots and insurance fees. Of course, we will help you with all administrative issues, which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.  
Job Description In 1992,¬† a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in species-appropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. We have a veterinary clinic based in Lewitz specializing primarily in equine breeding and treatment. The position we are offering provides a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of vet nursing, and we expect applicants to come with competent horse/foal training skills as well as being well presented, punctual and reliable. This is a full-time appointment involving responding to calls from outlying farms and assisting with all aspects of professional breeding. Your duties will include restocking of trucks, setting up equipment, assisting with X-rays, preparing for injections and, above all, working with our foals. You will frequently be on ‚Äúfoal watch‚ÄĚ – looking after mares and their foals, helping with neonatal foal and mare care, and thus given a first-rate opportunity for hands-on learning. Work on our stud also offers a great learning experience for the prospective veterinary or vet tech student; it will include some additional on-farm duties according to your daily workload. Please notice that applicants from non-EU countries must have a work permit or EU passport for working in Germany.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships¬†even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor‚Äôs visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description Dressage competition livery yard seeks part time or full time groom to join team.¬† Mother daughter Advanced rider/trainers have their own dressage horses up to GP and a small number of mostly competition liveries. Usual yard duties involved in care for up to 10 or 12 horses living in. Foal due in the spring. BD competition centre with exceptional facilities including indoor and two outdoor schools. Minimum Requirements Cheerful, hard working team player. Must drive and have own car. Confident leading fit competition horses. Accommodation details Accommodation in a luxury 2 bed flat could be available in April for the right candidate. Benefits Above minimum wage, paid holidays.  
Job Description We are looking to hire an experienced freelance groom to work with our Grand Prix level dressage horses. Must have experience with stallion handling. This is a live out position. The yard is busy, so a good attitude is a requirement. Good attention to detail, and high standards are preferred attributes. Hours and rates to be discussed.
*15 minutes from an airport *On-site (not shared) apartment *Shared use of a car. * 5-day week *Salary commensurate with experience thus negotiable *Own horse welcomed Job Description We are looking for a hard working, fun rider/groom to join our team in the south of Holland. Duties will include all manner of yard work and riding. Some Riding experience is a plus. The ability to work with horses of all ages is required. We are offering a salary, on site appartment and shared use of a car. We have 6 members of staff, several of whom live on site, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential.          
*Lovely cottage accommodation *Salary competitive *Excellent hacking with immediate access to the Badminton Estate *Lots of hunting opportunities *Own horse welcomed. ūüôā NB start date ideally end of June 2021 but could be earlier for an exceptional candidate needing to start sooner ūüôā Experienced hunt Groom/Rider required to work alongside one other with a yard of 8 quality hunt horses on a family yard. Current Grooms highly recommend and have been with the family for many, many years! You must really know hunting and be used to delivering the highest of standards of yard and horse care and be able to turnout meticulously for hunting. There are plenty of hunting opportunities, so competent and capable rider essential. 7.5t lorry licence required. The season, like most Hunt Yards, is ‘full-on’. Hunt days are Weds/Saturdays and occasionally Mondays too and they are long days but enjoyable. The Season is finished and the horses are out by early April and then life becomes much more leisurely, time to recuperate! 😉 The holiday is taken out of season and in the summer months the work is very easy (odd jobs, finishing earlier etc.) This helps to counter the very busy times in the hunting season and allows for r&r before it all starts again in July when the horses are all brought in from the field in preparation for the season start in September. If you are keen on the discipline, looking for a long term, friendly yard where everything is done well and you have good references and strong hunting or hunting/eventing CV, then this is for you. Please call Caroline and the team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Opening for a Full-Time Groom at a purpose-built Dressage yard and stud owned by Small Tour Rider who is now looking for someone with previous experience within the industry and able to turn out both the horses and the yard to a high standard. Based in Heapey, Lancashire.   We are looking for someone who is passionate about the equestrian industry and can turn out horses and the yard to a very high standard. Minimum Requirements Experienced and Confident handling fit competition horses and youngsters Friendly, polite and professional with excellent people skills Punctual and Reliable Excellent attention to Detail Be able to work to a very high standard Must be able to plait, clip, trim Must have experience of equestrian yard management and staff management Ideal candidate will have ability to exercise horses Accommodation details No accommodation available   Benefits    
*¬£20k pa *Various options for accommodation *Dog and horse welcomed *Chance to get first aid training and qualifications COVID STATUS: COVID STATUS: The IOM Government has now completed the 21 day circuit-breaker lockdown and essential workers are now allowed to travel for work purposes. Equestrian life goes on near to normal on the Isle of Man with competitions/hunt balls etc still going on – You will be required to self isolate for 2 weeks on arrival but you will be on the payroll during that period and assigned tasks that adhere to this. First class Equestrian Centre, also a registered Pony Club Centre offering a wide range of equestrian activities for all levels of ability, is looking for a special someone to replace longstanding and much loved Instructor and second in command person. Teaching all ages and experience levels, from absolute beginners or working to improve¬† skills for competitions, this friendly team puts together programmes to suit. All levels of ability catered for including, novice, intermediate, disabled and experienced. Do call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*¬£360-¬£450 depending on experience and qualifications plus accommodation & bills Looking for an experienced Home Groom to work alongside other 3 other members of staff for a 3* event rider. Should be capable of sole charge and teamwork. Would suit a committed, (Owner/Rider says ‘even geeky then you would fit in well with the rest of us’) hard-working groom, who would like to use and develop their skills to provide excellent care for event horses and the environment they live in. Between 8-15 horses on site with young stock at a satellite farm, managed by a separate team. The role entails normal stable duties including professional day-to-day management of competition horses, liaising with vet, farrier, physiotherapy and nutritionists and other professionals etc. Use of therapy tools, like magnetic/vibrating floors, solariums, rugs, as well as regular training from physiotherapist on stretching and in-hand work ‚Äėhomework‚Äô. Candidates would be experienced in clipping, trimming, plaiting and turning out for competition, as well as handling fit (though sane!) event horses. Experience (and interest) with young stock an asset as the team, most years will back two or three over the winter.¬†Travel to events at home and abroad planned when things return to normal. Accommodation is very nice with a shared kitchen and lounge with en suite bedrooms. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Opportunity to undertake first aid training & transport of horses long distance certificate *Possible HGV training for right candidate etc Job Description Stable Hand/Groom Required, for showjumping stable yard in Penkridge, Staffordshire. 22 horses stabled mainly private warm blood showjumping horses ranging from 2yrs old upwards. Small friendly team , 3 other grooms, 2 riders. Duties will include: Mucking out Feeding Turning out Putting horses on walker, Checking horses welfare Administering medication when required Changing rugs Grooming and tacking up etc. Attending competitions where necessary Being a team player and being able to use initiative is essential. Hours would be 5.5 days a week. 7.30am – 5/5.30pm Live in a possibility, but unfortunately no pets or partners   Minimum Requirements Must have had previous horse experience and handling. Must have a car driving license. Accommodation details Own bedroom in shared modern apartment with one other live in staff member 1 mile from stable yard. Shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom with one other staff member. Modern apartment, modern appliances, well looked after – electricity, water, gas, council tax and tv license included. Benefits Opportunity to undertake first aid training, transport of horses long distance certificate, possible HGV training for right candidate etc    
Job Description A personal carer/groom/rider is needed. This is a dual position living in the owner’s private house.¬† A non-smoker is needed for this full-time country position in beautiful North Yorkshire. They must like dogs. The applicant must be versatile, friendly and able to turn their hand to a variety of activities. The personal care is for a disabled lady with spinal injuries due to an accident, who uses a wheelchair. Some experience with sheep as well as horses would be useful but not essential. ¬†Minimum Requirements The job requires a good communicator with a cheerful, hardworking personality and a willingness to learn. Instruction will be given for this varied position.¬† This live-in position will need someone who can work with others in a team but also take responsibility themselves.¬† It is essential that the applicant enjoys the country and animals. Car driver preferred. Accommodation details In owner’s private house. Benefits Package will include a discount at nearby Swinton Park Hotel including the spa and gym.  
Job Description We are looking for a competition groom for a professional showjumping yard in northern Ireland Must be abe to turn out to a High standard Must be capable of handing 4 year olds to grand prix Experience grooming at shows is a must Excellent working conditions/ hours /pay   We also have a rider/groom position available Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details   We have on site accommodation Benefits    
Great opportunity to develop your career as a Competition Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre-training and the 3* Event world if you can drive a 26t lorry! *IRO £25k *Accommodation available *Lots of opportunities Accomplished 3-star level eventer, (competes home and abroad), is looking for someone to help the Team when at home but also to drive his lorry and manage competition horses home & abroad when competing. Ideally, you will have previous experience and an interest in the sport. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. All duties required and good standard of turnout, horsemanship and competition experience essential. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location. Please call Caroline and The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description 5-6 horses private stables rented near Milan, Italy all normal stable duties including mucking out traveling to nice international shows (eg St Tropez, Oliva, Gorla Minore etc) 6 days a week work no stallions living included Minimum Requirements experience on show level happy to travel around europe a happy person that is willing to give their best for the horses 6months stay minimum   Accommodation details own room with own bathroom and joined kitchen on the shows living in horse truck   Benefits riding possible if level is good enough as I also have young horses seeing one of the best international shows of Europe working in a cool & fun team UK Citizens: VISA is possible to arrange, 3-6months stay max. unfortunately, contact me for further information (only if seriously interested please) thank you  
Fabulous opportunity to work/manage a team of other Grooms to do all usual grooming duties. A wonderful, involved job and a great addition to any CV. This centre is the very 1st Riding Center in Saudi Arabia dating back to 1968. They offer riding in Show Jumping & Polo. They also board horses with full livery services, holding major national and international Showjumping events and Polo sponsored events. They offer a full training programme with Professional Trainers. Ideally, you will have an interest in show jumping although in terms of riding no jumping will be normally required. The successful candidate must have a friendly personality and a professional mindset. You will be required to Groom at some shows (2*)¬† and to look after & ride 8 horses a day so you will need to be fit and motivated for this role! No teaching required. The centre welcomes visitors of all ages to visit during business hours with excellent facilities: Floodlit Arenas, Cafe, Tack Shop and more Cultural awareness for this part of the world is essential. Covid situation: Applicants will need an up to date job seeker profile and CV. Thorough telephone screening will take place and the job will commence ONLY¬† when it is safe for you to travel to the region and government guidelines in both countries can be 100% adhered to. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockem√∂hle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the ‚ÄúScheckenhof‚ÄĚ, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neust√§dter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed ‚Äď Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as¬†pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockem√∂hle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The ‚ÄúStern-Buchholz‚ÄĚ site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brands√§tter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing. Please notice that applicants from non-EU countries must have a work permit or EU passport for working in Germany.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor‚Äôs visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description Farm/Stable-Worker ¬† The Paul Schockem√∂hle Pferdehaltung GmbH has created a remarkable centre of modern horse breeding in the last few years. At present, as many as 3,500 horses are the pride of the Lewitz stud, and 750 foals are born each year. We are looking for people willing to work with our horses. The job include a variety of different tasks, from assisting veterinarians and blacksmiths while treating the horses to maintaining our facilities. Experience with young horses would be an advantage. We`re looking for hard working, competent people. We offer you an accommodation (single or double rooms) and meals on the yard. Rooms cost around 190 ‚ā¨ per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 152 ‚ā¨ per month. Your salary will reflect your own particular skills. The basic starting salary is 1792,86 ‚ā¨ monthly before tax, which will depend on your age and skills, and vary between approximately 350 ‚ā¨ to 400 ‚ā¨. The stud will finance your safety boots and insurance fees. Come and visit us for a 3 days work trial. If your skills meet our requirements we can definitely offer you immediate employment, so remember to bring along everything you might need for a longer stay. Of course, we will help you with all administrative issues, which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. Very important: if you are no EU-citizens, you need a valid work visa for Germany! Minimum Requirements horse experience   Accommodation details We offer you accommodation (single or double rooms) and meals on the yard. Rooms cost around 190 ‚ā¨ per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 152 ‚ā¨ per month.  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockem√∂hle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockem√∂hle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the ‚ÄúRustica‚ÄĚ, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here. Please notice that, if you are no EU-citizens you need a valid work visa for Germany.  
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) *Fair remuneration Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockem√∂hle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. Please notice that applicants from non-EU countries must have a work permit or EU passport for working in Germany.
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockem√∂hle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver‚Äôs license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‚Äėodd-jobs‚Äô need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally. If you are no EU-citizens, you must have a valid work visa for working in Germany.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud‚Äôs own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor‚Äôs visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description We are a growing farm near Guildford operating as a charity that rescues and rehabilitates abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community.¬† We are seeking a groom who is reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and physically fit as an addition to our team.¬† We currently have 37 horses on site, living out in a track and field system of 68 acres.¬† You must be flexible and with a willingness to learn as we have an unconventional approach to horse care using a method of gentle calm and trust ‚Äď you will receive guidance in this method of rehabilitation which not only enhances the recovery of the horses themselves; but helps to provide a healing environment for visitors to the Sanctuary. ¬†You must be a good team member, able to work alone on site or with the horses, as well as within a team of other staff and volunteers. This is a really exciting opportunity for a groom to work in an environment where emotionally and/or physically damaged horses are given care and attention; enabling them in turn to offer support and relief to visiting adults and children, including those who are poorly or with additional needs ‚Äď an interaction that you may be required to facilitate.¬† We do not ride our horses at Mane Chance; instead we use natural and intuitive practices to allow the horses to recover from their trauma and build a relationship of trust.¬† We also do not use conventional methods so a willingness to learn and implement new ideas is paramount and hopefully exciting for our successful candidate. This is a full time role, involving some weekend working.¬† You must have a full, valid driving licence and you should have your own car as we are a little out of the way; we will also need to complete a DBS check on the successful applicant for safeguarding purposes. Minimum Requirements You should have proven experience of working with horses with a non-dominant approach, understanding the animal as an individual, rather than a tool! You must also be able to embrace working for a charity with volunteers and events (which is different to more conventional equine roles) as this brings a really enjoyable element to the role but can also present its own challenges – you do need to be a people person too! Accommodation details This position comes does not come with any accommodation. Benefits    
Job Description We are a growing farm near Guildford operating as a charity that rescues and rehabilitates abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community.¬† We are seeking a groom who is reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and physically fit as an addition to our team.¬† We currently have 37 horses on site, living out in a track and field system of 68 acres.¬† You must be flexible and with a willingness to learn as we have an unconventional approach to horse care using a method of gentle calm and trust ‚Äď you will receive guidance in this method of rehabilitation which not only enhances the recovery of the horses themselves; but helps to provide a healing environment for visitors to the Sanctuary. ¬†You must be a good team member, able to work alone on site or with the horses, as well as within a team of other staff and volunteers. This is a really exciting opportunity for a groom to work in an environment where emotionally and/or physically damaged horses are given care and attention; enabling them in turn to offer support and relief to visiting adults and children, including those who are poorly or with additional needs ‚Äď an interaction that you may be required to facilitate.¬† We do not ride our horses at Mane Chance; instead we use natural and intuitive practices to allow the horses to recover from their trauma and build a relationship of trust.¬† We also do not use conventional methods so a willingness to learn and implement new ideas is paramount and hopefully exciting for our successful candidate. This is a full time role, involving some weekend working.¬† You must have a full, valid driving licence and you should have your own car as we are a little out of the way; we will also need to complete a DBS check on the successful applicant for safeguarding purposes. Minimum Requirements You should have proven experience of working with horses with a non-dominant approach, understanding the animal as an individual, rather than a tool! You must also be able to embrace working for a charity with volunteers and events (which is different to more conventional equine roles) as this brings a really enjoyable element to the role but can also present its own challenges – you do need to be a people person too! Accommodation details This position comes with on-site accommodation, shared with another member of staff.¬† You will have your own bedroom/lounge and own bathroom.¬† There is a shared kitchen.¬† Parking is available.¬† You will be required to contribute to utility costs only. Benefits    
*Package totally negotiable (currently IRO ¬£25K+) for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Very nice single accommodation¬† * 5-day week *HGV essential (26t lorry) & must have experience of showjumping and driving a lorry in Europe Lovely, long term job position suited to an experienced and competent person on a family yard with top competition standards for a husband and wife combination used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard needs someone who ideally could exercise ride and is happy to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children‚Äôs ponies. All usual duties. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Looking for full time grooms to join our friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties; mucking out, grooming, turning out/in, tacking up, cleaning tack, sweeping, also clipping of manes. As well as preparing for and going to polo games. To start 1st March until September based at Great Trippets Farm. No polo experience necessary but grooming experience required. Must be dedicated, hard working, loyal and take pride in what you do. Be able to work as part of a team and alone and willing to take instruction when necessary as well as be able to manage time effectively. Knowledgeable in equine first aid and willing to learn on the job. HGV license a bonus. Competent rider required as you will have to ride and lead fit polo ponies. Live in or out, wages dependant on experience. Part time stable hand also a possibility.    
3/2/21 Under offer. *IRO ¬£35/36K pa negotiable plus accommodation suitable for a single person, a couple and or a family *Well behaved dog considered Private family Yard looking for a cheerful VERY experienced Yard Manager. You will have ideally 4/5 years of Yard management under your belt gained on a Stud/Race /eventing and¬† hunting yard. You must have had hunting experience in the last 3/4 years. Whilst someone who can ride is important, you must not need to ride as this is not a priority for this position. This is currently covered by the team you would be managing. Suitable applicants will be prepared to muck in and out with the team and deliver top standards of horse husbandry and turnout etc. but yard organisation and making sure everything runs smoothly is the priority. You will be required to ‘caretake’ the owners’ interests in horses he has off-site at various race/event yards You will be adept at managing the balance of horse & yard care with managing a team, liaising with the owner and his family and all the equine support personnel required to maintain professional standards, (visiting Riders, Vets, Farriers etc). Organisational and logistical skills, efficiency and good timekeeping is essential Administration is an important aspect of the role so basic IT and admin skills required along with demonstrable experience of this function. Whilst the Yard manager will be expected to run a tight ship to professional standards, they should be friendly and approachable to all, even under pressure. This is a private, family yard who enjoy their equestrian pursuits and the fun that comes with that, but expectations are high and to a professional level and a super organised person is what they need. The family have teenage daughters who are novice eventers and the owners event/hunt and have interests in other disciplines elsewhere additionally. The family also have professional riders who school, compete their top event horses so no schooling required. Lorry driver ideal but not essential. Very smart yard, estate location with the very best of facilities & no road riding required. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description The Lewitz Stud in Northern Germany is searching for blacksmiths. There are least two positions available. On the one hand, we`re searching for a blacksmith for shoeing and trimming riding horses, on the other hand, one is needed for working on foals. One blacksmith could exclusively be in charge of shoeing, even if we could also imagine to give you chance to progress when you`re not an expert yet, but motivated and talented to become one in the near future. The position available for trimming foals is also requiring a certain experience, but is offering you a chance to gain much experience by accompanying and solving problematical cases. We could also imagine a blacksmith in charge with foals and shoeing riding horses. The biggest breeding farm in Germany is offering you a chance to develop in a good atmosphere, with regulated work-time and good payment. Minimum Requirements experience in shoeing   Accommodation details We offer you an accommodation (single or double rooms) and meals on the yard. Rooms cost around 190 ‚ā¨ per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 152 ‚ā¨ per month.   Benefits    
Job Description We are looking for someone to cover maternity leave over the next 5 months (possibility of extending employment). The job will involve riding fit competition horses ranging from young horses to Grand prix level, flat work and over poles. All yard and stable duties including clipping etc.. Good communication skills with sponsors and owners. We are looking for someone who is reliable, organised and hardworking and has experience at the level required for this position. References will be required. Accommodation details Shared accommodation with one other member of staff.   Benefits Free accommodation. Training    
Job Description *Option to train * Beautiful off-road riding *Accommodation available *5 Day week *Horse welcomed *FUN!   Looking for experienced and reliable Grooms to join our busy and expanding yard with the option to train . You must be highly motivated and willing to work as part of a team. A teaching and care qualification to minimum of BHS Level 2 is preferred but not essential as on site training can be provided. We are a large BHS approved riding school, livery yard and “Where to Train” centre. We have excellent facilities set in 550 acres of beautiful off-road riding with opportunity to further train and develop . In order to apply for this role you must be confident in handling all types of horses, grooming, tacking up, leading in lessons, mucking out and all aspects of yard work; everyone mucks in and helps each other out. You must be able to ride in a confident and sympathetic way and enjoy teaching children and adults of all abilities in groups and 1:1. Minimum Requirements Enthusiasm Reliability Conscientious ‚ÄĘ Riding ‚ÄĘ Driving license ‚ÄĘ Equine First-Aid ‚ÄĘ Schooling ‚ÄĘ Lunging ‚ÄĘ Bandaging ‚ÄĘ Clipping ‚ÄĘ Teaching ‚ÄĘ Trim/Pull ‚ÄĘ Sole Charge ‚ÄĘ Exercising ‚ÄĘ People Skills Accommodation details On site accommodation may be available but no pets.   Benefits Excellent Working Conditions Professional, fun environment Top class facilities Variation in Role On-going training for BHS exams  
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. ūüôā Caroline’s comments ūüôā This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!¬†   Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as¬†¬†Balou¬†du¬†Rouet, whose offspring‚Äôs prize money makes millions plus Sandro¬†Hit plus stallions F√ľrstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir¬†Donnerhall¬†I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from M√ľhlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy¬†OLD by Sir¬†Donnerhall¬†I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 ūüôā Caroline’s comments ūüôā This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!¬†   Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  

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