From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government aligned the agricultural wages review to fall in line with the national minimum wage and national living wage changes. The new rates are published annually on 1 April, after review by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.

Detailed below are the changes to agricultural wage rates in Scotland from 1 April 2018:

  • The minimum hourly rate has increased to £7.83 for all agricultural workers, irrespective of age or duty.
  • Overtime must be paid to an employee who works more than 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week for the first 26 consecutive weeks and 8 hours a day or 39 hours a week thereafter.  The overtime rate will be 1.5 times the agreed hourly rate.
  • An additional sum of £1.20 per hour can be paid to workers with appropriate qualifications.
  • A minimum hourly rate of £5.00 for workers who undertake an SCQF level 4/5 or equivalent in agriculture.
  • The dog allowance has increased to £6.00 per week for each dog up to a maximum of 4.

If an employer wishes to pay more to a worker employed on particular duties then they can do so, however, they cannot pay less than the minimum stated above.

Another consideration for employers is the yearly holiday entitlement. This runs from 1 January to 31 December and it depends on the number of days worked by the employee. Where the number of days worked varies from week to week, the average number of days worked per week over a 12 week period should be calculated. Please see below the holiday entitlement: 

No. of days worked per week No. of days holiday per year
1 8
2 13
3 18
4 23
5 28
6 33
7 38

If you want to discuss any of the points raised in this blog please get in touch with me:

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The information in this blog should not be regarded as financial advice.  This is based on our understanding in April 2018. Laws and tax rules may change in the future.