Alongside their charm, good craic, and general hospitality, the people of Belfast have also been deemed the most generous.
A recent survey has revealed that Belfast residents are most likely to leave a tip in the U.K.
So, not only are the people of Belfast warm, welcoming, and good fun to be around. In fact, they’re actually the most generous too.
So, if you’re eating out in the city, make sure you don’t forget to leave a tip for your waiter before you leave.
A city always willing to give – good-natured Belfast
New research by insurance comparison website, Compare the Market, has revealed that Belfast residents are most likely to leave a tip in the U.K.
Researchers took a deep dive into the tipping habits and attitudes across the United Kingdom, revealing the Northern Ireland capital to be the most generous city of all.
The findings revealed peoples’ attitudes toward tipping, if and when they tip, and the average amount given.
The findings – what are U.K. tipping habits?
The most shocking finding revealed that almost one in five Britons never leave a tip in the U.K. or when they’re travelling abroad.
Leaving a tip is a great way to show gratitude for a good experience, which is why almost 60% of Brits are happy to leave a tip. However, one in ten revealed that they only leave a tip while in the U.K.
What may also be surprising to many is that Gen Z (those aged between 18 and 24) are the most likely generation to leave a tip. An impressive 71% of 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed revealed they would be happy to leave a tip wherever they go.
When are people most likely to leave a tip? – the top reasons for tipping
As well as revealing Belfast residents as the most likely to leave a tip in the U.K., the research also highlighted the most common reasons Brits choose to leave a tip and how much they leave.
Topping the list is having a good experience after staying in a hotel or visiting a new place. To show their gratitude, Brits leave an average of £5.14 to say thank you.
Next up is to say thank you to workers at bars and restaurants. On this occasion, Brits leave an average of £4.64.
If someone, such as a hairdresser, mechanic, or window cleaner, has done a good job, Brits will offer up an average of £4.08 on top of the fee.
If someone has helped with their luggage, customers will fork out an average of £3.17. They will offer a taxi driver an average of £2.76 tip after a good journey and a takeaway delivery driver around £2.67.
Belfast residents most likely to leave a tip in the U.K. – it’s in their nature
Compare the Market researchers also looked at which U.K. cities are most and least likely to tip.
Belfast residents were revealed as most likely to leave a tip, with 77% saying they would be happy to do so. On the flip side, Birmingham residents are the least likely to tip. 34% of the city’s residents said they don’t tip in the U.K.
When those who revealed they wouldn’t normally tip were asked why, several reasons were continuously mentioned.
The top reason given – 39% of those asked – revealed that tips don’t fit into their personal budget for necessities. 35% revealed they chose not to tip as the workers were already being paid. Thus, they felt leaving a tip was unnecessary.
Meanwhile, a whopping 22% revealed that they felt a tip was expected, making them uncomfortable.