UK contactless spending volumes rise sharply following increase in transaction limit – one in ten card payments made across the country are now contactless

5 ianuarie 2016

Contactless card transactions now account for one in 10 card payments, the first time the milestone has been passed, the latest figures from The UK Cards Association show. There were 120.5 million contactless card payments in October in the UK, meaning that 10.3 per cent of allcard transactions were made using contactless. This has risen from just 3.7 per cent a year ago.

A total of £929.8m was spent using contactless cards in October. The average value of a contactless payment is £7.72, up from £7.35 in September when the limit for a single payment rose to £30.

Overall spending on debit and credit cards rose by 0.9 per cent in October to reach £53.2 billion. There were a total of 1.16 billion card transactions in the month.

Richard Koch, Head of Policy at The UK Cards Association, said: „With one in 10 card payments now contactless, it’s clearly the preferred way to pay for millions of consumers. The rise in the contactless limit to £30 earlier this year means there are now even more opportunities to make a fast, easy and secure contactless payment.”

Contactless transaction volumes have risen sharply since the UK transaction limit increased from £20 (US$30) to £30 (US$46) in September 2015, research from Barclaycard reveals. Service stations, pubs and bars, supermarkets and fast food outlets have seen the biggest increases.

Contactless spending has almost doubled in service stations (98%) and in pubs and bars (92%) and is up 62% in supermarkets and fast food outlets. Convenience stores have seen a 59% rise in contactless spending following the limit increase, followed by commuter transport (55%), restaurants (51%), pharmacies (49%), newsagents (40%) and caterers (7%).

More than eight in ten of the 2,003 UK consumers surveyed for Barclaycard say they use less cash now than they did a year ago with 19% admitting to becoming annoyed if they can’t pay using contactless cards or mobile devices.

58% of the survey’s 305 merchant respondents said that customers are using mobile phones and wearable devices more often to pay for goods and services, but the research shows that just one in three merchants (34%) currently accept contactless payments.

Consumer demand

“In 2015, we’ve seen contactless become an even more popular way to pay for small transactions, so much so that we can even get frustrated if a retailer doesn’t offer touch and go as an option,” says Paul Lockstone, managing director at Barclaycard.

“As the consumer appetite for new ways to pay continues to grow, particularly with the upcoming launch of high value payments and the continuing growth in wearable payment devices, we’re expecting 2016 to be another record breaking year for contactless. There’s a real opportunity for UK retailers to step in and meet this growing consumer demand.”

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?