Scottish Agricultural Wages Order and guidance

The Agricultural Wages Order and guidance details the minimum hourly rates of pay and other terms and conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland.

This guide has been updated. Read the 2019 version of the Agricultural wages in Scotland guide


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 second edition of the Guide incorporates the new rates of pay and other changes introduced with effect from Sunday, 1 April 2018.

These rates and other changes are contained in the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order (No. 65) 2018 (‘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 there is any confusion between the Wage Order and/or the Guide, the provisions of the Wages Order take precedence.

If you require a copy of this Guide or the Agricultural Wages Order in Polish or Bulgarian, 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 .


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