File this news under W for 'wow' or 'we know!' but it's been revealed Londoners pay a "staggering" third of their wages on rent.

The 37 per cent of monthly salary spent on keeping a roof over our heads is more than three times as much as in other parts of the country, a new study shows.

The average monthly rent in the capital is now £836, compared with Hull, where average rents are £227.68, around 11.6 per cent of wages, said jobs site CV-Library.

Other cities with high rents included Brighton at £623 a month, 32 per cent of average wages, Edinburgh (£463, over 23 per cent), Bristol (£458, almost 22 per cent) and Southampton (£418, around 21.8 per cent).

The highest monthly pay was said to be in Aberdeen, at £2,300, just more than London, while the lowest was in Exeter, at £1,855.

Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library, said: "Generation 'rent' is well and truly in full swing, and while some cities offer manageable living costs and generous pay packets, others could be pushing workers to breaking point."

The study did not factor in additional costs on top of rent, such as council tax, electricity, water and gas bills, or other monthly outgoings including mobile phone and internet contracts, pension, transport and insurance.

People living in cities such as London, Brighton, Edinburgh and Bristol could be heading towards "debt levels" each month, said the report.