Peter Schiff claims that there is “no way that people are going to work for salaries paid in bitcoin”. But over a quarter of staff at Kraken do… and they aren’t the only ones.
Over A Quarter Of Kraken Staff Prove Schiff Wrong
Schiff made the claim during a wide-ranging debate with ‘The Bitcoin Standard’ author, Saifedean Ammous, on Tone Vays YouTube channel. He also expressed the belief that the government can shut down Bitcoin more easily than gold.
Cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, was quick to revoke his claim, tweeting that it ‘paid 250 salaries in bitcoin in April’. It also said that ‘more employees are opting for crypto every month.
We respect the quest for sound money but @PeterSchiff is wrong when he says “there is no way that people are going to work for salaries paid in bitcoin”. Kraken paid 250 salaries in bitcoin in April and more employees are opting for crypto every month. https://t.co/OZuh4gcbfw
— Kraken Exchange (@krakenfx) May 23, 2019
As Kraken currently employs around 800 people, that’s a not insignificant roughly thirty percent.
And Why Wouldn’t They Want To Be Paid In Bitcoin?
There are a lot of benefits to being paid in bitcoin, not least as an ultra-easy on-ramp, enabling monthly investing. It is simple enough to convert enough for your monthly budget into a fiat bank balance, leaving any excess already in the ‘best investment of 2019‘. And the fact that it is held in BTC makes you less likely to go over budget.
Canadians have been increasingly requesting to be paid in bitcoin since 2014. And Bitwage provides tools for businesses to offer salaries (or a portion thereof) in cryptocurrency to payroll employees.