Contactless payments are increasing in the UK

New research by Opinium on behalf of Barclaycard shows that UK adults are continuing to increase their usage of contactless payment methods year-on-year. 

According to the research, contactless spending in restaurants rose by 62% in the past year. Contactless payments have also increased by 79% in pubs and bars, and 69% in fast food outlets.

Additionally, half of UK adults now use contactless payments at least once a month, and a fifth plan to use this method of payment even more often next year.

Cities have seen some of the biggest changes:

  • In London, almost half of all transactions made (up to £30) was paid via contactless cards
  • Spending has increased considerably in Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff (averaging an increase of about 300%)

Read about this research here