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
Sunderland £28,034.68
Wakefield £28,113.52
Bradford £28,353.49
Leicester £28,875.98
Sheffield £29,422.11
Coventry £30,144.82
Liverpool £30,481.81
Nottingham £30,646.90
Belfast £31,360.01
Newcastle upon Tyne £31,546.51
Glasgow £32,135.27
Cardiff £32,227.98
Leeds £32,825.02
Edinburgh £34,076.61
Birmingham £34,806.10
Reading £37,344.08
London £42,679.15

Lowest Paying Region

Regions ranked by lowest average salary

Location Salary
East Midlands £26,902.07
North East £27,289.92
Wales £27,644.73
Yorkshire and the Humber £27,645.55
Northern Ireland £27,951.70
South West £28,857.24
North West £29,175.82
West Midlands £29,375.10
Scotland £29,389.50
Eastern £29,629.89
South East £31,332.98
Isle of Man £33,940.91
London £42,679.15