Cost of living in Scotland

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Cost of Living



The average annual salary is currently £25,581.00.

Scotland’s average earnings are the third highest of the 12 UK countries and regions - with only London and the South East having higher average earnings.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh offer some of the highest average salaries in the UK - £38,036 and £35,784 respectively. London is the only UK city where average wages are higher.

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

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Expenditure costs


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Most people in Scotland spend an average of £19.50 per week on fuel. (Source ) 

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Value Added Tax (VAT)

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