Scottish Agricultural Minimum Wage

03 June 2015

A rise in the minimum wage rate for agricultural workers, in line with the National Minimum Wage, has been proposed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).

Views sought on proposed increase.

If approved, the minimum rate of pay for agricultural workers with more than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 10p per hour to £7.24 from October 1, 2015 - bringing the minimum wage for a 39 hour week to £282.36.

Views are being sought on the proposed increase – which is in line with increases to the National Minimum Wage - by June 30, 2015.

The proposed headline minimum hourly rates are:

  • £6.70 for all workers in the first 26 weeks of employment. This increase of 20p per hour is in line with increases to the National Minimum Wage. For overtime, the minimum hourly rate should rise to £10.05 (an increase of 30p per hour)
  • £7.24 (an increase of 10p per hour) for all workers employed for more than 26 weeks by the same employer. For overtime, the minimum hourly rate should rise to £10.86 (an increase of 15p per hour)
  • £4.02 (an increase of 6p per hour) for workers who undertake a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture
  • An additional £1.10 per hour (an increase of 2p per hour) for those workers with appropriate qualifications

Follow this link for details on how to respond to the proposals.

Consultation on future of of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

On 27 May 2015 a consultation was published on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages, its purpose being to seek views on whether:

a) the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) should continue, as it does now, to set minimum rates of pay and certain other conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland and, if so, how this might be done; or

b) the SAWB should be retained as an advisory body only, giving the Scottish Government the discretion to fix minimum wage rates and other conditions based on advice given by the SAWB; or

c) to remove all existing arrangements for agricultural workers leaving their pay and conditions to be determined under general employment law.

The consultation closes on 31 July 2015.