Scottish Agriculture Wages Board


The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board in considering the Worker's Representatives pay claim submitted in April 2008 unanimously agreed the following proposals to take effect from October 1, 2008.

The Board is proposing that the minimum hourly rates payable from that date will be:

  • £5.73 per hour for those in the first 26 weeks of employment
  • £6.20 for those employed for more than 26 weeks by the same employer
  • The additional sum payable to workers with appropriate qualifications will be £0.94 per hour
  • The Dog Allowance will be £4.71 per week for each of up to four dogs
  • Employers may deduct up to £4.46 per day from wages in the first 26 weeks of employment to cover living accommodation, other than a house

The Board also agreed:

To explore with the Agricultural Wages Boards for England and Wales and Northern Ireland the possibility of introducing a UK-wide pension scheme for workers in agriculture.

The Board's proposals will be advertised in detail during the week beginning June 9, 2008. The closing date by which representations must be received is July 13, 2008. The Board will meet again on Wednesday July 30, 2008 to consider written representations and, if it so decides, will make an Order giving effect to its proposals.

The Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949, as amended to take account of National Minimum Wage legislation does not allow for any minimum hourly rate for pay to be fixed for agricultural workers which is less than the corresponding National Minimum Wage rate.

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is constituted under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949. It is an autonomous body and comprises 17 members, with six representing the interest of employers nominated by the NFU Scotland and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, six representing the interests of workers nominated by the Unite the Union (T and G Section), and five independent members appointed by Scottish Ministers, one of whom is designated Chair.