UPDATE – Agricultural Minimum Wage

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) announced that there will be an increase in the minimum wage for agricultural workers. This rise was agreed following the annual meeting of the Wages Board and will come into effect from 1 October 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. The minimum hourly rate for overtime will increase by 15p to £10.86.
  • Less than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 20p per hour to £6.70. The minimum hourly rate for overtime will increase by 30p to £10.05.

Further rate of pay changes for agricultural workers in Scotland have also been agreed, as outlined below:

  • The minimum wage for workers undertaking a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship will increase by 6p per hour to £4.02.
  • Dog allowance will be increased by 8p to £5.49 per week for each working dog up to a maximum of 4.
  • The additional hourly sum payable to workers with appropriate qualifications will increase by 2p to £1.10.
  • The amount which can now be off-set from an employee’s wage for accommodation (excluding a house) will increase by 34p per day to £5.35, in line with the National Minimum Wage rate.

If you have a question about the minimum wage, please contact Neil Cameron, Chiene + Tait Payroll Manager at neil.cameron@chiene.co.uk or call 0131 558 5800.