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 £27,448.51
Sunderland £27,572.60
Bradford £28,260.48
Sheffield £28,478.13
Leicester £28,688.13
Coventry £29,477.24
Liverpool £29,658.73
Newcastle upon Tyne £29,962.52
Nottingham £30,103.27
Belfast £30,423.46
Cardiff £30,732.03
Glasgow £31,269.08
Leeds £32,567.38
Edinburgh £32,684.02
Birmingham £34,297.03
Reading £36,510.51
London £41,582.46

Lowest Paying Region

Regions ranked by lowest average salary

Location Salary
North East £26,315.38
Northern Ireland £26,570.02
East Midlands £26,876.65
Wales £27,021.04
South West £27,617.84
Yorkshire and the Humber £27,645.78
Scotland £28,380.67
West Midlands £28,619.39
North West £28,846.78
Eastern £28,846.85
South East £30,443.47
Isle of Man £33,940.91
London £41,582.46