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Agricultural wage increases

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has determined that from 1st October 2013, the basic rate of pay for agricultural workers with more than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 13p per hour to £6.99 bringing the minimum wage for a 39 hour week to £272.61. The basic rate of pay for agricultural workers with less than 26 weeks continuous employment will increase by 10p per hour to £6.32 bringing the minimum wage for a 39 hour week to £246.48.

Scottish Land & Estates believes the proposed increases in agricultural wages are proportionate and reflect the hugely challenging year faced by the sector. Scottish Land & Estates representatives present at the recent Agricultural Wages Board annual meeting had stressed the need for wage increases to be balanced. They asked that they reflect the fall in farm incomes experienced in 2012 and the fact that more than 80 percent of Scottish farmers expected their output to be down in 2013.

 

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