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Rural Business Support - Gangmaster Licensing

Gangmaster Licensing

All labour providers (including those based overseas) who supply people to work in agriculture, food and fish processing and packaging must be licensed.

It is a criminal offence to operate without a licence and the maximum penalty is ten years in prison. It is also a criminal offence for a labour user to enter into an agreement with an unlicensed labour provider, for the supply of workers.

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) regulates those who supply labour or use workers to provide services in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering and food processing and packaging. They also undertake enforcement on behalf of Scottish Ministers.