Increases to Scottish agricultural worker wage rates

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has agreed new rates of pay from October 2012

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has proposed the following new wage rates from October 2011:

  • £6.11 (an increase of 15p per hour) for those in the first 26 weeks of employment
  • £6.67 (an increase of 16p per hour) for those employed for more than 26 weeks by the same employer
  • £3.70 for workers who undertake a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture.

The minimum wage for workers with more than 26 weeks’ continuous employment would increase to £260.13 for 39 hours.  Workers with appropriate qualifications would be paid an additional £1.01 per hour, and those working with dogs would receive an allowance of £5.06 per week for each dog, up to a maximum of four.

The Board also agreed to increase the holiday entitlement by one day to 28 days per year, in addition to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, which remain as special holidays.

Written representations to the proposals must be sent to the Board by July 8.  The Board will meet again on August 19 to consider representations and, if it so decides, will make an Order giving effect to its proposals.

Further information:

Agricultural wages

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