Payday buzz short lived for one in five Millennials

Payday buzz short lived for one in five Millennials

KPMG finds that more than one in five UK adults aged between 25-34 spend over 60% of their income the very day it enters their account.

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KPMG finds that more than one in five UK adults aged between 25-34 spend over 60% of their income the very day it enters their account, 3% of these even find themselves in the red by the end of payday.

The consumer survey, conducted by YouGov for KPMG UK, found that a 42% of millennials listed debt (comprising unsecured debt and credit cards) as a significant payday outgoing. This tallies with the recent FCA study which found that 13% of 25-34 year olds are in financial difficulty, having missed paying domestic bills or credit payments in three or more of the last six months.** 

By comparison, just 13% of the total UK population spend 60-100+% of their income on payday, and just 8% of those over 55. Across all age categories, housing, utilities and loans were the most common payday expenses. 

Commenting on the numbers Jon Holt, Head of Financial Services, KPMG UK said:

“With so many young people spending so much of their income on payday it’s little surprise that people are forced to rely on credit to get through the rest of the month, let alone to cover unexpected expenses, like a car breaking down.

“Going forward, freely available cheap credit will become harder to find, more and more people deal with this by slipping in and out of their overdrafts, a habit that can easily result in exceeding your overdraft limit. Millennials are by far the worst offenders. According to the FCA 11% have exceeded their overdraft limit or used an unauthorised overdraft in the last year. Not only can this be costly, it also means they are likely to miss out on financial lifelines that accompany most other forms of credit. Firms will recognise a person taking out multiple loans or missing repayments as being in trouble and offer them debt support as a result, but people can depend on their overdrafts over a long period and go unnoticed. Whilst a lot of attention is being paid to the cost of overdrafts, we also need to consider what more can be done to help those routinely relying on overdrafts to recognise and reconsider their financial habits.”

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK, commented on the findings: 

“With the Bank of England looking to increase interest rates further, the cost of paying off debt could rise, while at the same time a slowing economic growth momentum and uncertainties around Brexit may make it harder for households to access affordable financing, putting vulnerable groups under pressure.

“With UK wages expected to rise only marginally over the medium term, many will not have sufficient buffers to cope with tightening credit conditions.” 

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy adds:

“We've found that improving confidence with numbers can make a massive difference to things like getting a better deal on products and securing monthly payments which aren’t over the odds.

“Of course there is more to money management than having 'number sense' - but it is a good place to start and there is help out there. Anyone can brush up using our free online tool ( and we're working to encourage any organisation offering money support to young people to build this in to the advice they give out.”  




* Pay day refers to the day a household receives its main source of income be it from wages, salary, pension, benefits etc.

** According to the FCA Financial Lives Survey


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