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Scottish Agricultural Wages Order 64 and guidance

Published: 23 Mar 2017
Agriculture and Rural Delivery Directorate
Part of:
Farming and rural

Wages Order 64 will detail the minimum hourly rates of pay and other terms and conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland.

Scottish Agricultural Wages Order 64 and guidance


The first edition of this Guide was produced in 1996 to help employers and workers understand the new rules resulting from the simplification of the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order
(No. 44) 1996.

This twenty first edition of the Guide incorporates the new rates of pay and other changes introduced with effect from Saturday, 1 April 2017.

These rates and other changes are contained in the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order (No. 64) 2017 ('the Order'), a copy of which was issued with this Guide. The Order contains the detailed legal requirements for the calculation of minimum pay, holidays etc., and has to be written in the precise legal terms required to make the Order enforceable in law. The following guidance notes attempt to explain the rules in simpler terms and to answer some of the questions which are most likely to arise.

If you require a copy of this Guide or the Agricultural Wages Order in either Gaelic or Polish, please contact us.

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board,
Saughton House,
Broomhouse Drive,
Edinburgh EH11 3XD

Tel: 0131 244 9749

Where the National Minimum Wage ( NMW) and the National Living Wage ( NLW) become higher than the hourly or other minimum rate of pay prescribed under this Order, the Wages Board has taken to have made an Order fixing minimum rates equal to the NMW and the NLW .

If you are unclear about the terms or effect of the NLW or the NMW then you should seek guidance from your legal or financial adviser.


Email: Ken Gray