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Late Payments

35

%

of firms are owed more than £40k in late payments

Summary

Published March 2021

Late payments have long been a big issue for UK businesses, with half of firms admitting to it being a problem. Our research tracks how much money is owed and whether late payments are seasonally linked

Questions

Are late payments a problem for your business?

yes 56.3%
no 43.7%
Don't know 0%
yes 45.6%
no 54.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 54.1%
no 45.9%
Don't know 0%
yes 44.4%
no 55.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 48.7%
no 51.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 51%
no 49%
Don't know 0%
yes 57%
no 43%
Don't know 0%
yes 57.5%
no 42.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 47.6%
no 52.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 52.5%
no 47.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 54.8%
no 45.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 40.3%
no 53%
Don't know 6.7%
yes 29.2%
no 66.7%
Don't know 4.2%
yes 36%
no 59.4%
Don't know 4.6%
yes 34.3%
no 56.2%
Don't know 9.5%
yes 32.7%
no 59.2%
Don't know 8.1%
yes 29.8%
no 61.9%
Don't know 8.3%

Are late payments seasonally-linked?

No 25.4%
Yes, worse in spring 23.9%
Yes, worse in summer 23.9%
Yes, worse in autumn 11.3%
Yes, worse in winter 15.5%
No 26.3%
Yes, worse in spring 28.1%
Yes, worse in summer 17.5%
Yes, worse in autumn 3.5%
Yes, worse in winter 24.6%
No 37.3%
Yes, worse in spring 18.6%
Yes, worse in summer 22%
Yes, worse in autumn 3.4%
Yes, worse in winter 18.6%
No 34.5%
Yes, worse in spring 20%
Yes, worse in summer 16.4%
Yes, worse in autumn 12.7%
Yes, worse in winter 16.4%
No 30.9%
Yes, worse in spring 9.1%
Yes, worse in summer 27.3%
Yes, worse in autumn 12.7%
Yes, worse in winter 20%
No 34.6%
Yes, worse in spring 13.5%
Yes, worse in summer 21.2%
Yes, worse in autumn 15.4%
Yes, worse in winter 15.4%
No 26%
Yes, worse in spring 31.5%
Yes, worse in summer 27.4%
Yes, worse in autumn 5.5%
Yes, worse in winter 9.6%
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