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 £27,709.65
Sunderland £27,779.93
Bradford £28,326.51
Leicester £28,757.01
Sheffield £29,125.77
Coventry £30,070.80
Liverpool £30,154.05
Nottingham £30,507.72
Newcastle upon Tyne £30,907.17
Cardiff £31,582.37
Glasgow £31,729.63
Belfast £32,046.41
Leeds £32,777.16
Edinburgh £33,692.16
Birmingham £34,633.58
Reading £37,059.38
London £42,268.35

Lowest Paying Region

Regions ranked by lowest average salary

Location Salary
North East £26,751.37
East Midlands £27,021.42
Wales £27,207.90
Northern Ireland £27,353.48
Yorkshire and the Humber £27,790.85
South West £28,304.45
West Midlands £28,935.48
Scotland £29,102.71
Eastern £29,202.67
North West £29,301.95
South East £30,811.54
Isle of Man £33,940.91
London £42,268.35