Uber was the pioneers of the gig economy; however, now the corporate is aiming to assist more people in finding other versatile shift work via an app that acts as a staffing agency.
The new app, Uber Works, allows people searching for work to find opportunities in customer service, cooking, cleaning, and manual labor. Employees will be able to compare job locations, situations, pay, and hours before signing up for a job, based on an announcement. Uber Works is at present only available in Chicago.
People who download the app will undergo background checks as well as an in-person screening process, ensuring that employers get qualified employees.
Workers can track their hours, and breaks, in the app. They’ll then be paid by TrueBlue or TalentBurst, two third-party staffing agencies.
Gedda stated there was “low technical disruption to date” in the staffing industry, and expects to see “increasing amounts of pivots like this in the future” from other companies.
While Uber is a big name getting into the on-demand staffing market, the company already has plenty of competitors from other shift-oriented apps in the US.
Jyve, an on-demand platform, connects people with part-time work in retail stores, together with moving boxes, stocking shelves, checking inventory, and building displays. Workers take photos and leave feedback about their work, which can then be reviewed and can result in more opportunities on the platform.
Other apps similar to Wonolo, Workpop, and Shiftgig connect employers with a workforce looking to fill shifts doing everything from cooking and cleaning to stocking shelves and administrative tasks. TaskRabbit, which is owned by IKEA, additionally gives people the chance to hire a tasker for a one-off job or regularly.