Income from tips, how much should I give?

For many employees, tips are an additional reward in addition to their fixed income. There are jobs where an employee’s total income consists largely of tips. For these employees, the phenomenon of tips is a source of strength. Why this form of extra reward? How much should I tip? What is the tip on holiday and what are the differences abroad?

Reward in the form of a tip, why?

Tipping has its origins in 16th century England. More and more cups with texts encouraging tipping are appearing in the catering industry . Later the phenomenon spread to America, Europe and other parts of the world. In the past, people wanted to remove the negative feelings of class difference by giving tips . In addition, people liked to know whether they had served the customers well. The RTL News had TNS NIPO conduct research into tipping by Dutch people. This has shown, among other things, that 84% of Dutch people still tip to express appreciation. Whether or not you receive a tip still says something about the service with the product.

How much to tip?

For about fifty percent of Dutch people, the amount of the tip is highly dependent on the bill amount after rounding up, according to the same study. More than a quarter of Dutch people have a fixed percentage of the bill in mind when giving a tip , an average of about 8 percent. About ten percent of people give a fixed amount, on average 2.40. The list below indicates for which professions, which tip ‘rates’ are common for good to excellent service.

  • Catering employees – 7.5% of the bill.
  • Taxi drivers – about 10% with 0.50 as a minimum.
  • Bouncers – between 1.00 and 2.50.
  • Pump employees – between 0.50 and 1.00.
  • Wardrobe staff – about 0.50.
  • Toilet attendants – about 0.50.
  • Guides – approximately 10% of the tour cost.
  • Chambermaids – approximately 1.00 per day.
  • Pizza, newspaper deliverers – about 10% of the bill, perhaps a little more for long journeys or bad weather conditions.
  • Movers – 10.00 or more, depending on, for example, number of stairs.
  • Porters – between 0.50 and 1.00.
  • Bellboys – between 0.50 and 1.00.

In both Southern European countries and North and South America, there is no minimum wage and the total income of employees is therefore highly dependent on the tips given by customers . As a result, the average tips in those countries are also a lot higher. The number of professions where tipping is customary is also higher in those countries. For example, the US has more than thirty professions where compensation in the form of tips is common. Egypt, Greece, Spain and Portugal also score high. For comparison, a number of professions in the US and the tip amounts;

  • Catering workers – between 15 and 25% of the bill ($1.00 or $2.00 per drink in ‘free drink’ casinos).
  • Chambermaids – approximately $2.00 to $5.00 per day.
  • Taxi drivers – between 10 and 15% of the bill.
  • Hairdressers – 10 to 20% of the bill.
  • Guides – 10 to 20% of tour costs.
  • Parking attendants – $2.00 to $5.00.

Difference in pay, difference in tips

Legal provisions in different countries have ultimately led to these differences between countries and regions when it comes to tipping . Before going on holiday or visiting a foreign country for other reasons, it is always advisable to inform yourself about the usual tips in the country in question.