Farm Worker or Stockperson

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Farm workers or stockpersons carry out manual and practical work on farms. They work farms that are livestock (animals), arable (crops) or mixed (animals and crops).

The Work

On a livestock farm, you could be:

On an arable farm, you could be:

On a mixed farm, you could be doing any of these things.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay rates for farm worker or stockperson are set by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. From 1 April 2021 this is:

Workers with the same employer for more than 26 weeks and who hold a relevant qualification at SCQF Level 6 or 7 or the Certificate of Acquired Experience are entitled to an additional £1.32 an hour.

There is also a Dog Allowance for those using their own working dogs. This is £6.57 a week for each dog (up to a maximum of four dogs).

The minimum hourly overtime rate of £13.37 is payable for all workers.

You may also be provided with accommodation rent-free or at a reduced rate. Employers may deduct up to £8.36 a day for accommodation other than a house.


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Courtesy of Lantra Scotland


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
Twitter: @LantraScotland

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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