UK Minimum Wage

The current National Living Wage for over 25s is £8.72 an hour. From April 2021, for adults over 23, the National Living Wage will be £8.91 an hour.

National Living/ Minimum Hourly Wage UK

Pay changes for the legal minimum wage in the UK.

Date 25 and over 23-24 21-22 18-20 Under 18s Apprentices
April 2021 £8.91 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30
April 2020 £8.72 £8.20 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15
April 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90

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Hourly Living Wage UK Rates 2021

The Living Wage Foundation sets its own Living Wage rate which a larage number of businesses use instead of the UK Government's legal minimum rate.

The Living Wage Foundation sets two rates; one for London, and a lower rate for outside of London.

Region Rate
London £10.85
Outside London £9.50

Lowest Paying Cities

Cities ranked by lowest average salary

Location Salary
Wakefield £27,809.30
Sunderland £28,159.02
Bradford £28,677.90
Leicester £28,726.09
Sheffield £29,135.65
Coventry £29,683.94
Liverpool £30,181.87
Nottingham £30,672.29
Belfast £31,428.75
Newcastle upon Tyne £31,649.75
Cardiff £32,156.53
Glasgow £32,520.73
Leeds £32,789.03
Edinburgh £33,582.33
Birmingham £34,596.23
Reading £36,983.69
London £42,245.29

Lowest Paying Region

Regions ranked by lowest average salary

Location Salary
East Midlands £27,225.16
North East £27,655.45
Wales £27,891.15
Yorkshire and the Humber £28,190.26
Northern Ireland £28,251.74
South West £28,565.31
West Midlands £29,135.74
Eastern £29,200.77
North West £29,320.85
Scotland £29,616.82
South East £31,250.93
Isle of Man £35,360.00
London £42,245.29