The Gig Economy Desk
Founded as an upmarket limousine service in California just over a decade ago, Uber today provides cheap taxi rides in thousands of cities across the world. The company has consistently maintained that it is merely a ridesharing platform – which, crucially, means that it does not employ its drivers.
162 million people, or 30% of the workforce, across the US and the EU-15 countries are gig workers. In 2018, the total spending on the gig economy around the world reached a staggering $4.5 trillion. Meanwhile in the US, 80% of large companies are planning to switch to a “flexible workforce”.
Widespread shutdown orders have devastated rideshare drivers’ livelihoods during the pandemic. And a recent glitch means many UberEats drivers have lost out on tips that they rely on to survive.