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Over half of crypto-natives would rather get paid their salary in cryptocurrency, research published by Paysafe shows

Jan 11, 2022

Out of the 30 million+ crypto owners in the U.S. & U.K.*, 55% would like to get paid their full salary in crypto rather than fiat currencies

London – Paysafe (NYSE: PSFE), a leading specialized payments platform, has today released new research which reveals that 55% of crypto owners – rising to 60% of 18-24 year olds – would rather get paid their salary in cryptocurrency. The top reasons for this include people seeing cryptocurrencies as a smart investment, believing that they’ll likely get paid in it soon anyway, and greater financial flexibility. The research ‘Inside the crypto community: Plotting the journey to mass adoption’ surveyed a cross section of 2,000 crypto owners living in the U.S. and U.K., including their attitudes towards the future of decentralized finance.

Over half (54%) of crypto owners agree that cryptocurrency is the future of finance and will take over as the dominant form of international currency. This was also the primary motivation for owning crypto in the first place, ahead of making money from trading or investing. However, the research suggests this conclusion has come through careful consideration – and that crypto owners have had concerns along the way. In fact, 70% of people admitted to having doubts about investing in crypto at some point since they started trading, with nearly half (49%) of all crypto owners having cashed out either some or all of their cryptocurrency assets at some point as a result.

According to crypto owners, payments hold the key to mass crypto adoption. The top reason for not wanting to be paid in cryptocurrency is that it can’t be used to make payments widely enough at present (24%). Additionally, 22% of all crypto owners said they would invest more in crypto if more retailers accepted it as a form of payment, and 17% said the same if more countries accepted cryptocurrencies as legal tender. Overall, 59% of respondents agree that the lack of real-world applications for cryptocurrencies, such as payments, is currently preventing crypto from reaching its full potential.

Despite some of these potential stumbling blocks, crypto owners are optimistic on the timeline to widespread adoption. Over half (60%) agree that you’ll be able to use crypto to make online purchases with many more online retailers this time next year, while 47% agree that accepting cryptocurrencies in physical stores will become commonplace within the next 12 months. Finally, nearly half of crypto owners (49%) believe that everyone will own cryptocurrency within the next five years.

Commenting on the findings, Chirag Patel, CEO, Digital Wallets at Paysafe, said: “Interest in defi and the metaverse has reached a whole new level recently and, with that, positive sentiment towards cryptocurrencies continues to increase. However, it’s clear that many people are still crying out for more practical use cases to bring crypto into the real world – in particular, being able to use it as a payment method, and this is something we are committed to driving at Paysafe. People can interact with cryptocurrencies through our digital wallets, Skrill and NETELLER, whether that’s for the very first time or as a more seasoned investor.”



About the research

This research was commissioned by Paysafe, and conducted by independent research house Sapio Research in October 2021. The research was collected using an email invitation and online survey.

The research was conducted among 2,015 consumers living in either the UK or U.S. (minimum of 1,000 respondents in each country). Only respondents that confirmed that they currently owned one or more cryptocurrencies, or had done at any point previously, were able to participate in the survey. This sample was selected in order to more accurately reflect the actions and opinions of those with first-hand knowledge of cryptocurrencies. The demographics of respondents (age and gender) are a representative sample of the total crypto community (consumers that own or have owned cryptocurrencies), rather than a nationally representative sample.

The sample was selected from online partner panels. The results of any sample are subject to sampling variation.

About Paysafe Limited

Paysafe Limited (“Paysafe”) (NYSE: PSFE) (PSFE.WS) is a leading specialized payments platform. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallet, and online cash solutions. With over 20 years of online payment experience, an annualized transactional volume of U.S. $100 billion in 2020, and approximately 3,400 employees located in 12+ global locations, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 70 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world. Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared toward mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. 
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Contact Details

Anna Howard, Director of Communications, Europe and Asia, Paysafe
Phone: +442038908975