Something a bit different this week! I worked last night for a standard three-hour shift and recorded the when and where of my delivery routes. Walking around London you're bound to see delivery riders, but you often don't know where they're going and where they've been. Whilst I worked, I had the app Strava running … Continue reading My Delivery Route
A secondary school in Western Australia has banned students from using services like UberEATS. The reason for this ban presents an interesting aspect of the gig economy rarely talked about: interaction. The main reason for the ban is due to security and safety concerns. Deliverers are considered "unauthorised visitors", lacking the correct government checks. The … Continue reading Interacting with the gig economy
Deliveroo is set to introduce safety measures to protect riders from violence, following multiple acid attacks in London last month, where two victims were gig economy riders. The measures include a new feature in the rider app that lets deliverers raise security concerns and the trialling of helmet cameras to collect evidence. The company is also … Continue reading Increasing Rider Safety
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