Employees could soon choose how often they receive their salary

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on March 11, 2019
Employees could soon choose how often they receive their salary

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One new Australian fintech is seeking to change the way Australians get paid, by allowing them to access a portion of their regular salary early.

Earnd aims to allow employees to ask their employers to pay their income as they earn it, rather than in single weekly, fortnightly or monthly blocks.

It has recently raised $2.5 million in funding, and is currently backed by industry bigwigs like NAB Ventures, Pocketbook, Zip Co, MYOB and BPAY.

According to Earnd, 46% of Australians are living paycheck to paycheck, and 2.1 million people are under high to severe financial stress.

Earnd’s platform aims to allow Australians to better manage their finances and be able to cover any unexpected costs that may arise.



Photos supplied by Earnd.

Earnd CEO and Co-Founder Josh Vernon said the business was created to empower Australians with the ability to manage their own pay.

“Giving access to pay that has already been earned has the potential to fix the spiralling debt cycles linked to current financial products,” Mr Vernon said.

“There is a clear need for quick access to funds in times of crisis, but a lack of safe and fair platforms facilitating this.”

Earned CEO Josh Vernon (supplied)

Amid flat wages growth and high housing costs, rates of mortgage stress are rising in Australia.

But such financial struggles can be exacerbated by longer periods without pay.

Many workplaces pay their employees monthly, and according to Earnd this can lead people down the path of credit cards and payday loans.

Over 350,000 avoidable payday loans are taken out every year, and these loans can come with exorbitant interest and late fees.

“The way we’re paid hasn’t evolved for generations, but our spending habits have changed dramatically,” Mr Vernon said.

“Instead of turning to last resort financial instruments, like payday loans, we believe Australians deserve the ability to control their finances in real-time, the way they want to.

“We’re excited to continue growing Earnd by expanding our product offering to achieve our mission of financial wellness for all Australians.”

Earnd’s website tells us it grants access of up to 50% of a person’s accrued income.

70% of employees have said they’d use Earnd if it was available to them, but it’s as yet unclear how supportive employers will be of it, as it is they who will have to pay the fee for its services.

But half of the employees surveyed by Earnd said they would be more likely to stay with an employer who uses it.

For feedback or queries, email will.jolly@savings.com.au

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William Jolly joined Savings.com.au as a Financial Journalist in 2018, after spending two years at financial research firm Canstar. In William's articles, you're likely to find complex financial topics and products broken down into everyday language. He is deeply passionate about improving the financial literacy of Australians and providing them with resources on how to save money in their everyday lives.

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