Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study

Report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published the findings from its recent Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study, which it carried out with the support of leading global provider of payment services technology, Visa. The CCAF study is the first of its kind to conduct a systematic investigation of key cryptocurrency industry sectors using empirical, non-public data. The report gathered the data of nearly 150 cryptocurrency companies and invested individuals in 38 countries spanning five world regions. With this data, the study sets out to detail the key industry sectors in cryptocurrency, as well as the different entities that inhabit them.

According to findings, the lines are increasingly blurred between the various sectors in the cryptocurrency industry, with 31% of surveyed companies now operating across multiple sectors. This trend has given rise to the growing number of universal cryptocurrency companies. Interestingly, the study estimates that the number of active cryptocurrency wallet users now lies between 2.9 million and 5.8 million. The data can confirm that at least 1,876 individuals are employed on a full-time basis in cryptocurrency companies, although the actual number is likely in excess of two thousand, when considering the addition of those working for large mining organisations and other firms that did not provide employment numbers. For payment companies and exchanges, the average headcount and cost levels as a percentage of total headcount or operating expenses are similar. In contrast, the study indicated significantly higher costs in these areas for providers of cryptocurrency wallets

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