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Scottish Agricultural Wages Board – Appointment of Independent Members

Scottish Minsters are looking to appoint up to three Independent Members to the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).  The appointments are for three years from 1 April 2018.

Background

The SAWB is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body set up under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949.  Its purpose is to make statutory Orders fixing minimum wage rates, holiday entitlement and other terms and conditions of service for workers employed in agriculture in Scotland.  The Board’s Orders are legally enforceable and the Scottish Government Rural Directorate has a duty to investigate complaints about non-compliance.  It also carries out random test inspections on agricultural holdings to ensure compliance and pursues recovery of arrears on behalf of workers.

Role and skills required

This is an opportunity to help Workers’ and Employers’ representatives reach fair and reasonable settlements on matters relating to agricultural wages, holiday entitlement and other relevant terms and conditions of service.  In addition to participating in Board meetings Independent Members will have the ability to chair limited life working parties on specific topics relating to agricultural workers conditions of employment.

If you can listen to both sides of an argument, help parties reach successful conclusions and earn the trust and respect of a variety of stakeholders then this is a role that you may be ideally suited to.  It would be helpful although not essential if you have an interest or some experience in negotiating terms and conditions of employment, or an awareness of farming/rural economy issues or a general understanding of employment legislation.  Full details on all of the skills required are in the person specification within the applicant pack.

In order to be able to perform the role of an Independent Member, you cannot be affiliated to the NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates or Unite the Union.

Meetings and time commitment

The Board meets in Edinburgh for one or two days, twice a year.  You may also be appointed to a committee and these meet around two or three times a year also in Edinburgh.

Remuneration

Independent Members receive £160.79 per day plus up to £45.95 per meeting for preparatory work.  Reasonable subsistence and travelling expenses and dependant carer/childcare expenses will also be reimbursed.

Application information

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at the public appointments website www.appointed-for-scotland.org/.  Further information about the duties and functions of SAWB can be found by contacting Ken Gray, Secretary to the Board on 0131 244 9749 or ken.gray@gov.scotThe closing date for applications is 19 October 2017.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.

Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

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