Scotland: Agricultural Wages – Proposed pay increases for Scottish workersMonday, June 15th, 2009
On 3 June, the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board published proposals to increase the minimum hourly rates payable from 1 October 2009,
- from £5.73 to £5.80 per hour for those in their first 26 weeks of employment, and
- from £6.20 to £6.32 for those employed for more that 26 weeks by the same employer
Workers with appropriate qualifications would also be paid an additional £0.96 per hour. Those working with dogs would be provided with an allowance of £4.80 per week for each dog up to a maximum of four.
The Board also agreed to introduce an apprenticeship rate of pay into the Wages Order. This provision will enable employers to pay £3.50 per hour for the first 12 months to new employees who undertake a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture. Thereafter the minimum hourly rate will be the over 26 week rate.
The closing date for written representations is 17 July 2009. The Board will meet again on August 19, 2009 to consider representations and agree on the text of an Order giving effect to its proposals.
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