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4.4 Million Tip Wagers Face Drop in Cash Use

Digital Exclusion Impacts Tip Wages
New research shows that up to 4.4 million service workers who rely on cash tips to earn a living could struggle to make ends meet after the pandemic due to digital exclusion.

*4.4 million workers who rely on physical tips to earn a living – two thirds of which are women – may be impacted by a recent drop in cash use, data shows.

– Global Payment Trends reveals the financial and societal impact of ceasing to use cash, which has been accelerated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

– The latest data shows that the use of cash as payment for online orders has dropped by 75% in the last year, now accounting for just 1% of all transactions.

– 12.2 million workers in the US are in food service jobs that rely on tips to make ends meet, with the tipped minimum wage falling under $5 an hour in 36 states.

New research shows that up to 4.4 million service workers who rely on cash tips to earn a living could struggle to make ends meet after the pandemic due to digital exclusion.

Global Payment Trends collates official data from payment reports and demographic statistics to reveal the potential societal repercussions of digital exclusivity, whereby coins, dollar bills and checks are replaced by eWallets, credit transfers and debit cards.

Analysis shows that cash use fell by 21.9% across North America as a percentage of point-of-sale (POS) transactions on top of the online decline, while mobile wallets gained substantial popularity at the end of 2020 as a preferred contactless payment method.

A noticeable decline in cash use around the world appears to have been accelerated during the pandemic, as the latest data reveals cash usage as payment for online orders has dropped by 75% over the past year and now accounts for less than 1% of transactions.

More Americans are turning to cards and mobile wallets in lieu of cash as more retailers and restaurants implement contactless payments during the pandemic, but this could leave businesses – and the service workers within them – who rely on cash tips behind.

This paired with the World Health Organization’s earlier concerns that the virus could be transmitted via dollar bills could leave millions of service workers without access to cash tips.

In fact, many Americans will look to avoid cash specifically when paying for food, with WHO stating that everyone “should wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer after handling money, especially if they are about to eat, or before handling food.”

Tipping practices vary across the US with service workers already struggling to make ends meet due to sporadic average tip amounts and frequency, but this widespread drop in cash use could make the likelihood of getting adequate tips decrease even further.

To find out more about the impacts of digital exclusion in the Global Payment Trends study, visit: https://a2zcasinos.org/global-payment-trends/

Research gathered from a range of sources, including the World Health Organisation, WorldPay Global Payment Trends, the National Institute of Mental Health and the US Census Bureau.
Source: Emily — emily.garner@blueclaw.co.uk

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