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Those working in minimum wage jobs take away £16,009.50 a year for a 37.5-hour working week, but how far does this actually go after covering living expenses?
New research carried out by MyVoucherCodes takes a look at the various factors that an adult living in the UK needs to cover with their wage, such as average rent for a 1-bed house, food shop, transport, utility bills, internet contract and council tax to reveal the Best Cities To Live On Minimum Wage.
Best 5 cities to live in on minimum wage and average cost of living
Dundee – £10,893.22
Bangor – £11,243.58
Perth – £11,401.02
Wolverhampton – £11,402.89
Belfast – £11,467.87
Worst 5 cities to live in on minimum wage and average cost of living
- London – £28,090.16
- St Albans – £18,757.04
- Oxford – £18,181.83
- Brighton and Hove – £17,518.82
- Exeter – ££17,268.41
You can see the rest of the data, including the cost for couples here.
People in Dundee have the most money left over after paying for living essentials, with an extra £5,116.28 to enjoy. Londoners aren’t so lucky, and it’s impossible for someone to simply live off minimum wage in the capital, with people needing an extra £12,080.66 per year to cover even just the basic living costs.