Can National Living Wage Workers Make Their Home in Birmingham?


Birmingham is often seen as the UK’s second city, which might be why it’s housing situation is nearly as bad as London’s.

Looking at Birmingham and its surrounding towns shows how difficult it can be to find affordable housing in the area.

We looked into how much someone would have to make per hour in order to afford the rent on a one-bed property in each postcode area in and around Birmingham without spending more than 35% of their wages.

The results are sobering – only nine out of 77 postcode areas offer affordable one-bed rental properties to people making minimum wage.

Birmingham is rapidly growing as one of the UK’s centres for culture and business, however this might be having a negative effect on the affordable housing market.

See which postcodes in and around Birmingham are still affordable to workers making minimum wage on our map.