Just as I was writing about a possible future development in the gig economy, Jinn (a leading player) is going in different directions. The company has decided to focus solely on London, halting operations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds (as of the 25th of July). It doesn't seem clear but the company also seems … Continue reading Jinn Job Insecurity
Well, it seems the gig economy is going in unexpected directions! UberEATS will be distributing McDonald's 'fast-food swag' along with food and drink orders this July 26th. Called 'The McDelivery Collection', if you order from McDonald's, through UberEATS, in one of ten countries, you'll also be receiving a McDonald's item for free. There's a whole range of things on … Continue reading I’m Lovin’ The Gig Economy
We're back! The blog has been quiet for a little too long now, whilst I went on holiday and moved flat. It's back for good now, though, with more consistent posts. For anyone who read some of the previous posts, the blog was previously called 'A Gig Economy Blog'. Realising this was perhaps the most … Continue reading Fee per drop – Off to a bad start?
I've only been working for three weeks now and I've already got the potential to change contract. They've offered to change my pay from an hourly rate to a fee per delivery structure. I'm not sure if/when I will change, but I thought it'd be interesting to write about them, and maybe it'll help me reach … Continue reading Pay Structure
I have now begun working in the gig economy! I worked 6:30-9:30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and will be each week). I'll be going into more detail on specific aspects of working in the future but, for now, I thought it'd be useful to outline a general shift. Each rider chooses a specific area to work … Continue reading First Shifts
So my taster session is complete and I'm now a fully certified food/drink deliverer! The whole process took around four hours in total (advertised as two). It began by being assessed on ability to cycle in London. You essentially cycle to a location with an 'assessor' following to determine how safely you can cycle from point-to-point. … Continue reading Taster Session
Hello again! I was meant to have a 'taster session' last Friday but that had to be rearranged for tomorrow so will report back when complete. On another note, I was recently scrolling through a few articles on the gig economy and something caught my attention. According to a City A.M. article on the worker classification dispute, one … Continue reading Friends and Family