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Chair and Independent Members

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Reference:3876 

Remuneration:The Chair receives a fee of £250.50 per day plus up to £71.57 per meeting for preparatory work. The Independent Members receive £160.79 per day plus up to £45.95 per meeting for preparatory work 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:20 January 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of the Chair and Independent Members of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board


Appointments commencing from 1 May 2021


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair and up to two new Members of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board from 1 May 2021.


Applications are invited from people with the skills and experience to help workers’ and employers’ representatives to reach fair and reasonable settlements on matters relating to agricultural wages, holiday entitlement and other relevant terms and conditions of service.


Scottish Agricultural Wages Board


The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board 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 responsibilities - Chair


The Chair of the Board is responsible for providing effective leadership on the Boards negotiations and for discharging its statutory duties.  The Chair is also responsible for ensuring that the Board meets at appropriate times throughout the year and that an accurate record is taken.  The Chair will also ensure that all members of the Board, when taking up office, are fully briefed on the terms of their appointment and on their duties, rights and responsibilities.  Another important aspect of the post is to keep abreast of current and incoming legislation covering general employment law.


The main role of the Chair as an Independent Member, is to help workers’ and employers’ representatives to reach fair and reasonable settlements on matters relating to agricultural wages, holiday entitlement and other relevant terms and conditions of service.


Role and responsibilities – Independent Board Member


The main role of the Independent Board Members is to help workers’ and employers’ representatives to 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 Board Members will have the ability to chair limited life working parties on specific topics relating to agricultural workers conditions of employment.


Skills – Chair


Those applying for the Chair role will demonstrate: 



  • experience of strategic leadership;

  • the ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

  • experience of negotiation and mediation;

  • the ability to analyse and evaluate complex arguments and recognise the implications;

  • knowledge of employment law/employment issues;

  • knowledge and insight into rural and farming issues.


Skills – Independent Member


Those applying for the Independent Member role demonstrate:



  • the ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

  • experience of negotiation and mediation;

  • the ability to analyse and evaluate complex arguments and recognise the implications;

  • knowledge of employment law/employment issues;

  • knowledge and insight into rural and farming issues;

  • the ability to chair limited life working parties on specific topics relating to agricultural workers conditions of employment;


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


Time Commitment and Remuneration


The Board normally meets for one or two days, twice a year.  The Board may also appoint one or more committees from within its ranks which are chaired by Independent Board Members.  The committees meet around two or three times a year.


Remuneration for the Chair is £250.50 per day plus up to £71.57 per meeting for preparatory work.  The Independent Board 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 be reimbursed.  The appointments are non-pensionable.


Length of Term


The appointments are for three years from 1 May 2020.  Reappointment is not automatic and is subject to performance and the individual continuing to satisfy the requirements of the role.


How to apply


Application will be by a tailored career history setting out evidence of the essential criteria being tested at this stage.  This will be supported by an application form that captures your personal details, declarations and equalities monitoring information.


What you put in the tailored career history will be the evidence that determines whether or not you will be shortlisted for the interview.  You must, therefore, demonstrate clearly the evidence required to show how you meet the priority criteria.  Please do not substitute a CV for the tailored career history.


The tailored career history containing the evidence requested must be accompanied by the form that contains your personal details, declaration and equalities monitoring information.  The form is available to download below and should be emailed with the completed tailored career history to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.  The tailored career history will not be considered if it is not accompanied by the completed application form.


An application pack and full detailscan be found via the link below.  


The closing date for completed applications is 20 January 2021.


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact 0300 244 1898 or public.appointments@gov.scot.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected that are under-represented at on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality


 

Application Information

If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please contact 0300 244 1898 or email public.appointments@gov.scot.

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack