Football contracts can be a bit of a minefield for the untrained eye and as the Player’s Union we are here to protect and advise our members at all times.
Professional footballers are workers like anyone else and have the same employment rights as any other employee, including the minimum wage and the right to paid annual leave.
Minimum Wage rates are as below (as of October 2016);
- Aged 25 and over - £7.20 per hour
- Aged 21 – 24 - £6.95
- Aged 18-20 - £5.55
- Under 18 - £4.00
- Apprentice - £3.40
You are also entitled to 5.6 weeks’ annual leave (paid holidays) which according to the SPFL standard contract, must be taken at the END of the season unless exceptionally agreed.
If you have any questions on Minimum Wage or annual leave then call our office for advice.
Our aim is to improve and protect the rights, interests and status of Scotland’s professional players on any contractual issues – from signing a first professional contract onwards.
Good, clear advice is of the utmost importance and the expertise and experience PFA Scotland has at its disposal ensures we are able to provide you with the best independent advice and assistance.
At PFA Scotland, our legal team are happy to look over any contract and give expert advice at all times.
Here’s a few simple points to note before signing any contract:
- NEVER sign a blank contract
- ALWAYS read your contract fully before signing it
- If you are unsure of anything in your contract, then ask BEFORE signing it
- If you want to take advice, don’t be afraid to ask for an unsigned copy to take away and then get expert assistance before you sign
- Ensure all details/figures relating to basic wage, appearance fees, payment dates, agent payments, holidays etc are correct and understood
- Ensure any addendums (bonus sheets etc) are signed, dated and attached to your contract
- ALWAYS keep a copy of your contract
- If you don’t have a copy of your contract, but need to get one you can contact SFA Registrations on 0141 616 6052
If you want to speak to someone at PFA Scotland about contractual issues, then contact one of the team.