There was never any truth in the stupid old joke about Scots being tight-fisted ­anyway but now the English have had the smile wiped from their faces.

We’re the best tippers in Britain...and the worst come from ­Birmingham and London.

A generous 98 per cent of Scots quizzed about tipping habits said they regularly gave money to waiting staff, hairdressers, cabbies and even food delivery drivers.

That compared with one in five from the West Midlands and London who said they never leave a tip.

Brits are expected to tip between 10-15 per cent of the price of dinner and drinks when out in a restaurant, so between £6-£9 on a £60 meal out.

The study found that those in Scotland stumped up an average of £5.05 on a £60 meal, compared to just £4.60 for Londoners and those from the West Midlands.

The study by online marketplace OnBuy.com found that 88 per cent of Brits always tip waiters, with 79 per cent always tipping a hairdresser and 67 per cent tipping a cabbie.

The average tip on a £60 meal across the UK was £4.80.

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Men were more likely to leave a tip than women, with 83 per cent of men leaving a tip in a restaurant, compared to 72 per cent of women.

Former royal butler Grand Harrold, who worked for Prince Charles, and has looked after William and Harry, said tipping dates back to the 16th century.

The etiquette expert added: “The word tipping or gratuities can be a ­wonderful word to people in the ­hospitality ­industry and many other professions.

“Tipping symbolises two things – a thank you for a service from someone who you have been provided with a ­service and a sign to you that your ­service and work have been appreciated.”

He added: “We must remember that tipping is not something we have to feel forced into or that people offering a service have a right to but it is a courtesy and understanding going back centuries.”

The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech in October this year and is awaiting a second reading.

The bill was pushed through after a string of restaurant chains – ­including Pizza Express, Ask Italian, Zizzi, Prezzo and Giraffe – kept between eight and 10 per cent of tips given to staff to cover “admin fees”.

Many of the big eateries have now back-tracked on the move and give staff 100 per cent of tips handed over, although some still take off 2.5 per cent.

Cas Paton, the boss and founder of OnBuy.com said: “When asked why they tip, the majority of Brits said that they do it because it was ‘traditional’, with further 26 per cent saying they were too ashamed not to leave a tip.”