More than half of tip-earners ‘tip more than ten per cent’

People who can expect tips in their work – for example many of those in hospitality jobs – are more likely to give them to other people, recent research suggests.

New ThinkMoney stats show that nine per cent of those in such lines of work tip more than 20 per cent of what they are charged. The average figure for the UK overall shows a mere two per cent of people tip at this level.

When it comes to tip earners, just six per cent say they do not leave tips, 35 per cent tip under ten per cent, half say they tip between ten and 20 per cent, seven per cent tip more than this: 20 to 30 per cent of the bill, and two per cent actually tip 30 per cent or more – nearly a third of the pre-tip charge.

The numbers among those who do not earn tips in their line of work are somewhat different.

A quarter claim not to tip, 36 per cent tip under ten per cent, 37 per cent are in the ten to 20 per cent bracket and only 0.4 per cent tip 20 to 30 per cent, with the same small proportion tipping 30 per cent or over.

The research – a OnePoll survey of 2,000 people in the UK – also discovered that the numbers came out differently for different age groups.

Younger people showed less inclination to not tip, with 25 to 34 year olds proving to be the most generous age range. A mere 12 per cent of them said they didn't tip.

Interestingly, people aged over 55 showed the biggest likelihood of not tipping, with 30 per cent saying they typically don't.

Regionally, in the North East, 35 per cent claimed not to tip – more than in any other region. This figure was 33 per cent in the West Midlands and 32 per cent in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber.
In Scotland, the smallest proportion of any region, 13 per cent, don't tip.

"A gesture of thanks needn’t break the bank if tipping is approached sensibly and people only tip what they can genuinely afford," said Thinkmoney's Ian Williams.

"Although service sector employees in the UK are protected by minimum wage laws – unlike in other countries where tips form part of the basic wage – it’s likely that any tip is better than none to the staff serving us."

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency to help source hospitality recruitment jobs.