Wage Arrestment: How Much Can They Take?

A Wage Arrestment, also known as an Earnings Arrestment, is a type of Diligence in Scotland, which means a type of procedure that Sheriff Officers can use to recover any debts that you owe.

Wage Arrestment Tables

When a Sheriff Officer arrests your wages, they serve an Earnings Arrestment Schedule on your employer.  This instructs your employer to make deductions from your wages every day/week/month, depending on the frequency with which you are paid. 

Your employer cannot take any more from your earnings than what is shown in the tables below and must use the Wage Arrestment Tables to calculate how much you should be paying.

What Table applies, depends on the frequency with which you receive your wages.

In certain circumstances an Earnings Arrestment can be prevented and in other situations recalled.

Earnings Arrestment Schedule

Table A – Deductions from Weekly Earnings

Net EarningsDeductions(*)
Not exceeding £122.28Nil
Exceeding £122.28 but not exceeding £442.00£4 or 19% of earnings exceeding £122.28, whichever is the greater
Exceeding £442.00, but not exceeding £664.50£60.75 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £442.00
Exceeding £664.50£111.92 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £664.50
  (*) When applying a percentage the calculation should be done to two decimal places of a penny and the result rounded to the nearest whole penny, with an exact half penny being rounded down.

Table B – Deductions from Monthly Earnings

Net EarningsDeductions(*)
Not exceeding £529.90 Nil
Exceeding £529.90 but not exceeding £1,915.32£15.00 or 19% of earnings exceeding £529.90, whichever is the greater
Exceeding £1,915.32 but not exceeding £2,879.52£263.23 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £1,915.32
Exceeding £2,879.52£485.00 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £2,879.52
    (*) When applying a percentage the calculation should be done to two decimal places of a penny and the result rounded to the nearest whole penny, with an exact half penny being rounded down.

Table C – Deductions from Daily Earnings

Net EarningsDeductions(*)
Not exceeding £17.42Nil
Exceeding £17.42 but not exceeding £62.97£0.50 or 19% of earnings exceeding £17.42, whichever is the greater
Exceeding £62.97 but not exceeding £94.67£8.65 plus 23% of earnings exceeding £62.97
Exceeding £94.67£15.95 plus 50% of earnings exceeding £94.67
  (*) When applying a percentage the calculation should be done to two decimal places of a penny and the result rounded to the nearest whole penny, with an exact half penny being rounded down.

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