Who Should You Tip And How Much?

26 July 2018

When it comes to paying a bill the option of whether to tip or not is made even more awkward by wondering how much or little is acceptable?  How can you side-step this socially awkward issue and reward a good service with the appropriate level of tip?  We’ve got some helpful advice on how to tip just the right amount.

Taxi drivers

Getting a taxi means that you’ve admitted that you need to go from A to B with minimum fuss, so if you’re happy with the service that you’ve received, a little tip shouldn’t be out of the question. 

In general, the tip to offer a taxi driver is to round the total amount up to the nearest pound or uttering the phrase ‘keep the change.’  Either should provide the driver with a small amount of appreciation for the service you’ve received.

Waiters/Waitresses

Restaurants and the waiters and waitresses who serve you is likely to be the first thing you think of when you think of tipping someone.  Whether it’s at a casual restaurant or a more luxurious setting, waiters and waitresses, by definition, wait hand and foot for your every need.  Whether it be the initial order, more condiments, extra drinks or even a strange request, they’ll usually provide you with a level of service that’s unmatched in other professions. 

With this in mind, it’s usually customary to offer a 10% tip of the overall bill, resulting in larger tips in more luxurious restaurants but still offering a fair amount when dining in a casual manner. 

Window Cleaners/Bin Men

These traders usually fall under the ‘seasonal tip’ category, where a £10 or £20 tip can help them to enjoy the festive season.  It’s acknowledgement for cleaning your windows or taking your bins out in all of the extremities that weather brings.

Barbers/Hairdressers

The common tip for allowing someone to take a pair of scissors to your hair is around 10% or to the nearest pound if you’re happy with the outcome. 

Depending on how often you visit, you may want to tip a little bit more, with £5 and £10 tips from clients occurring regularly. 

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