Residents in nations with volatile economies are more likely to receive their pay in crypto, according to global hiring platform Deel.
In its “State of Global Hiring Report” shared with Cointelegraph on July 21, the firm found that despite the 2022 bear market, crypto represented 5% of all global payments withdrawn from the platform every month, up from 2% in the second half of 2021.
Residents in nations with volatile economic situations and currencies were most likely to take their payments in crypto, according to the report. These included countries in Latin America (LATAM) and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Crypto withdrawals in the LATAM region represented 67% of the total, with EMEA countries at 24%. Those from the North American region represented just 7% of the total for crypto payments. The Asia Pacific region was even lower with just a 2% share of the whole.
In terms of asset type, Bitcoin (BTC) remained the crypto of choice, making up 47% of the total. The second choice of digital asset for payments was Circle’s USDC with 29%, followed by Ethereum (ETH) at 14%. Tether’s USDT did not make the list.
Deel sourced the data from over 100,000 cross-border worker contracts on the platform between January and July 2022. The firm helps businesses compliantly hire, onboard, and pay people in different countries. It noted that LATAM tops the list of regions hiring internationally.
Surging inflation is a concern for many countries in the Latin American region. Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Paraguay all have double-digit inflation, according to Trading Economics.
Diminishing purchasing power using their own fiat currencies is likely to have influenced the increase in crypto payments to regional workers.