Scottish Agricultural Wages Board
Agency overview
TypeExecutive non-departmental public body
HeadquartersSaughton House, Edinburgh
Agency executive
  • Kirsty Darwent[2], Chair

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.[1] It sets minimum pay rates and other conditions for agricultural workers, as set out in the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Order (No.59).

The board was set up in 1949, under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act.[3] The board's counterpart in England and Wales, the Agricultural Wages Board, was abolished on 25 June 2013,[4] however in December 2015 the Scottish Government decided to retain the SAWB. This was announced shortly after they published analysis showing that without the board wages could be driven down for agricultural workers, with young apprentices and migrant workers thought to be particularly at risk.[5]

The board usually meets twice a year to determine minimum wages for agricultural workers, and to set conditions for holiday and sick pay entitlement. It consists of 17 members:[2]


  1. ^ a b "National public bodies directory - Executive non-departmental public bodies". Scottish Government. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Scottish Agricultural Wages Board". Scottish Government. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Agricultural Wages". SASA. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Agricultural Wages Board abolished in England, while Scottish AWB increase minimum wages". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Scottish Agricultural Wages Board to be retained". The Herald. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.