UK consumers have made 51 million contactless purchases in the last 12 months, according to figures released today from Visa Europe.

The monthly contactless spend increased five fold to £45.2m in June 2013 as consumers have become increasingly comfortable with using contactless technology.

In the 12 months, £338 million has been spent on contactless Visa cards, with an average purchase value of£6.65.

Mark Austin, vice president, head of contactless at Visa Europe, said: “A year ago we launched the Contactless 2012 campaign to raise public awareness of contactless technology and the convenience and flexibility it brings to day to day payments. We are delighted to see the technology now being used so frequently on the high street as consumers become confident in making every day contactless payments and we’re excited about the number of new shops due to roll out contactless payment in the remainder of 2013.”