In today’s world, the consumption of goods and services is fundamentally mismatched with how people are paid their income.
A real-time, on-demand, connected commerce ecosystem has emerged across multiple industries, while many consumers are still compensated in deferred, fixed-payroll cycles. For segments of the population that do not have substantial savings, this is leading to intra-month cash flow challenges at a time when the cost of living is rising faster than real wages.
Earned wage access is a win-win for employees and employers. For employers it offers a competitive benefit to help retain employees amid a tight labor market, while employees receive access to a flexible and sustainable tool to managing their finances.
UK and Western Europe
Central and Eastern Europe
Middle East and North Africa
EWA might be utilized as a necessity by some, while providing optionality for others; but what our report finds consistently across the board is that payments can serve as a key source of social value to not only the individuals, but the wider communities they support when embedded within the broader ecosystem.
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