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Minimum wage increase for agricultural workers

Published: 2 Sep 2015 11:08

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) has agreed, following the annual meeting of the Wages Board on August 26, 2015, proposed increase in minimum wage rates that will come into effect as from October 1, 2015.

The minimum rate of pay for agricultural workers with more than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 10p per hour to £7.24 bringing the minimum wage for a 39 hour week to £282.36.

The minimum rate of pay for agricultural workers with less than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 20p per hour to £6.70 bringing the minimum wage for a 39 hour week to £261.30. This increase is in line with increases to the National Minimum Wage.

It comes after a consultation on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board was held earlier this summer. Responses are currently being analysed and will be carefully considered before any decision is reached.

The headline rates agreed by the Board are:

  • A minimum hourly rate of £6.70 for all workers in the first 26 weeks of employment. This increase is in line with increases to the National Minimum Wage (an increase of 20p per hour);

  • A minimum hourly rate of £7.24 for all workers employed for more than 26 weeks by the same employer (an increase of 10p per hour);

  • A minimum hourly rate of £4.02 for workers who undertake a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture (an increase of 6p per hour);

  • An increase in dog allowance to be increased to £5.49 per week for each working dog up to a maximum of 4 dogs (an increase of 8p per dog);

  • The additional sum payable to workers with appropriate qualifications will increase to £1.10 per hour (an increase of 2p per hour);

  • An increase in the daily rate of the accommodation off-set for accommodation other than a house to £5.35 (an increase of 34p per day) which is in line with the National Minimum Wage rate.

  • A minimum hourly rate of £10.05 for overtime for all workers in the first 26 weeks of employment (an increase of 30p per hour);

  • A minimum hourly rate of £10.86 for overtime for all workers employed for more than 26 weeks by the same employer (an increase of 15p per hour).

Notes to editors

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is an autonomous body and comprises 17 members, with six representing the interests of employers nominated by the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), six members representing the interests of workers nominated by Unite the Union, and five independent members appointed by Scottish Ministers, one of whom is designated Chair.

The consultation on the future of Scottish Agricultural Wages Board closed on July 31, 2015. See: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-Agricultural-Wages-Board-1928.aspx