More than two million people are permanently overdrawn, and the average worker goes into the red 27 days after payday, a survey shows.
Almost half of working Britons — more than 10 million people — have slipped into the red at least once in the past 12 months, including 2.1 million people who are continually overdrawn, according to price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com.
Those who are unable to stay in the black go overdrawn on the 20th of the month, on average — 27 days after payday, as most people are paid on the 24th day of the month.
Kevin Mountford, head of current accounts at Moneysupermarket.com, said the findings were not surprising, particularly as the Bank of England has hiked the base rate five times in the past year.
“Consumers are no doubt feeling the squeeze,” he said.
Two million people permanently in red