Gig economy labour market

by Jeff Borland, Andrew Charlton, Amit Singh, Oliver Alexander

Jeff Borland, Andrew Charlton, Amit Singh, Oliver Alexander

We investigate the labour market for Uber drivers in Australia using administrative and survey data. Uber drivers’ total hours of work and driving schedules exhibit substantial heterogeneity and week-to-week variation; which appear to mainly reflect drivers’ preferences. We identify several pathways to driving with Uber, associated with different effects on income and job satisfaction. Variability in earnings between drivers depends primarily on differences in the number of trips per hour – which in turn is related to job tenure, time and location of driving, and the proportion of offered trips accepted by drivers.

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