Which country has the highest National Minimum Wage?
Most adult workers in the UK must be paid a minimum wage by law, regardless of the size of the business. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) was first introduced on 1 April 1999 by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999. The UK’s minimum wage has steadily increased in recent years at an annual rate of between 20 to 30 pence per hour in the last 20 years. The UK has a relatively high minimum wage compared to other countries, according to Eurostat data. In 2019, the UK had the seventh-highest adult minimum wage out of 22 countries the data analysed. The country with the highest wages was found to be Luxembourg, followed by the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Ireland.