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Full-time employees: Average hourly wage in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2019

The median hourly earnings for full-time employees increased by 3.77 pounds between 2006 and 2019, reaching 14.8 pounds in that year. This has occurred due to small incremental increases in every year, with the largest such rise occurring between 2007 and 2008 at 0.52 British pounds.

Minimum and living wage in the UK
In the United Kingdom, employers are expected to pay their employees a minimum wage that is determined by how old they are. Under 18s for example, had a minimum wage of 4.35 British pounds in 2019, (280506), with the figure increasing to 6.15 pounds for 18 to 20 year olds and 7.70 pounds for 21 to 24 year olds. Employees over the age of 24 earn the National Living Wage, which was 8.21 pounds as of April 2019.

Luxembourgers highest earners in Europe
Luxembourg had the highest average annual wage in the European in 2017 at almost 72 thousand U.S dollars. This was followed by Denmark at 65 thousand, Ireland at 53 thousand and the Netherlands at 52 thousand U.S dollars. The United Kingdom’s average annual wage amounted to around 45 thousand U.S dollars in the same year.

Median hourly earnings for full-time employees (excluding overtime pay and hours) in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2006 to 2019 (in GBP)*

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Postal questionnaire

Supplementary notes

*Full-time defined as employees working more than 30 paid hours per week (or 25 or more for the teaching professions).
** Due to classification changes in 2010, there is a discontinuity from 2010 to 2011. The 2011 figure used is that using the latest (2010) classifications. This makes the 2011 figure 6 pence lower than if the older classification had been used.
*** Figures for 2017 are provisional.

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