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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

Specific occupations & special groups: seasonal workers and the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS)

Seasonal workers are entitled to the national minimum wage in the same way as any other worker (NMWM05020).

Many seasonal workers are engaged in the agricultural sector (NMWM06020) and some workers from abroad (NMWM06320) participate in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme exists to provide short term work in agriculture and horticulture. The scheme is administered by operators who have contracts with the Home Office and is aimed at students, principally from agricultural colleges. The contracts are to ensure that the students are bona fide, that they have employment in the United Kingdom and that they are provided with accommodation of an adequate standard.

All workers participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme are entitled to be paid at least national minimum wage rates and may be entitled to more under the appropriate Agricultural Wages rate (NMWM03100).