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Agricultural Wages

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)     

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

The SAWB meets 2 times a year in order to determine the minimum gross wages payable to agricultural workers and to set conditions for holiday and sick pay entitlement.

 Ag Wages No.64 - Cover - 2017

The current minimum rates of pay and other conditions are set out in:

The Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order & Guide (No.64)

The Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order (No.64) - Polish Version

The Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Guide (No.64) - Polish Version


Link to the UK National Living Wage


The Board is made up of 1 Chairperson, 4 Independent Members, 6 Members from Unite to represent employees and 6 Members from the National Farmers' Union Scotland and the Scottish Land and Estates to represent employers interests.

The Chair and 4 Independent Members are appointed by Scottish Ministers. The National Farmers’ Union Scotland / Scottish Land and Estates and Unite appoint their own representatives to the Board.


 Position on Board

Mr John Menzies


Cllr Bill Howatson


Mr David Nelson


Mrs Fiona O’Donnell


Mrs Afshan Rathore


Mr Scott Walker


Ms Tracy McCullagh


Mr Peter Thomson


Mr John Picken


Mr Jamie Smart  NFUS



Mr Jim Winter


Mr Scott Foley


Mr Scot Walker  Unite

Ms Kelly Graham


Mrs Frances MacKay


Ms Donna Donnelly