What is The Living Wage?


The Living Wage in Scotland is £8.25 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage is £6.70 per hour for those aged 21 and over.

In April 2016, the National Minimum Wage for workers aged over 25 will increase to £7.20. This has been called "The National Living Wage", but is not a real Living Wage. You can read more here.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, while the National Minimum Wage is statutory and enforced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

For more information on the National Minimum Wage, and the different rates for younger workers, you can visit the HMRC website here.

You can learn more about the Living Wage and Low Pay in Scotland using the links on this page.

For a list of all the organisations and businesses in Scotland who are Accredited Living Wage Employers please click here.

We now have a new section about the difference between the Living Wage and the new rate of National Minimum Wage here.




"The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and up-rated annually. It is calculated according to the basic standard of living in the UK."   

- UK Living Wage Foundation


"A living wage is the hourly wage needed for an employee to "achieve an adequate level of warmth and shelter, a healthy palatable diet, social integration and avoidance of chronic stress."

- PCS Union