National Minimum Wage and salaries in Scotland

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum rate you must pay your employees in Scotland. Find out more about the rate and what your business needs to pay.


The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage is the minimum rate you must pay your employees in Scotland and the rest of the UK. It is a criminal offence for an employer not to pay someone the National Minimum Wage. This rate is calculated at an hourly rate but applies to all eligible employees, even if they are not paid by the hour. This rate depends on the employee’s age and whether they are an apprentice.

Find out more about the National Minimum Wage and The National Living Wage on the UK Government website.

Salaries in Scotland

Salaries in Scotland vary according to the type of work, the sector and where the job is located in the country. Aberdeen and Edinburgh offer some of the highest average salaries in the UK. London is the only UK city where average wages are higher.

You can find out more about earnings on the office for National Statistics website.

Scottish Development International (SDI) works with all of Scotland’s industries and can provide salary guidance for your business.