More than two million Britons received a salary increase on April 1st.
But it is too early to celebrate, because workers who receive a National Living Wage voluntarily work an average of a month more to earn the same money as employees at a higher level.
From April 1st, the established minimum payment per hour will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 for workers over 25 years of age.
This is below the subsistence level in London, which is £10.20 per hour and £8.75 outside the capital.
Tess Lanning, director of the Living Wage Foundation, says that an employee who works full-time at a statutory rate gets almost £ 1,800 less a year than a worker at a higher, social level. It takes an additional 33 working days to compensate for the difference.
For workers in London, this gap is even greater - £4,621, which means that an additional 84 days will be required to earn a living wage.
"Some UK workers will feel the salary increase, but more than 5.5 million Britons will still earn less than the real subsistence minimum and will continue to make ends meet. For these people the government minimum is not enough to provide family with necessary things. That is why more companies pay their employees a salary that matches the cost of modern life", - said Tess Lanning.