Agricultural minimum wage

Views sought on proposed increase.


Mon, 13 Nov 2017


Scottish Government

A single minimum hourly rate for all agricultural workers, irrespective of age and duties, that is equal to the UK National Living Wage has been proposed by the Scottish Agricultural Wage Board (SAWB).

The proposed headline minimum rates are:

•An hourly rate of £5.00 – a 60p increase – for workers who undertake a 12 month SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture

•Recognition by the SAWB for new workers who undertake a 6 month SCQF Level 4 or equivalent qualification with an hourly rate of £5.00

•An additional sum of £1.20 per hour – a 6p increase – for workers who have an appropriate qualification

Those working with dogs should receive an additional allowance of £6.00 per working dog – an increase of 40p per dog – up to a maximum of four dogs. The daily rate for accommodation off-set for accommodation provided by an employer other than a house is to track the agreed rate under the National Living Wage.


Representations should be sent to The SAWB via or by post at the below address by 31st December 2017.

The Scottish Government
D Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

SAWB will meet again on 17th January 2018 to consider any written representations received to the proposed increases. Following discussion on the representations received and if appropriate, SAWB members will then agree a Wages Order that will come into effect from 1st April 2018.

SAWB is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body established under the Agricultural Wage (Scotland) Act 1949. The Board exists to set minimum rates of pay and other conditions of service for agricultural workers in Scotland.


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