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June 17 / Australia

Report shows flexibility and security are important to you.

At Uber and Uber Eats, we believe that driver-partners and delivery people shouldn’t have to choose between flexibility and security. 

To ensure this vision, it is important that any future sector-wide requirements for platform companies protect independent earning opportunities, while also providing benefits and standards that earners, like you, tell us are important.

It’s also critical that you have a voice in shaping the future of platform work. That’s why we recently commissioned independent research to better understand the views of driver-partners and delivery people earning via the Uber app.

The results show an overwhelming majority of driver and delivery partners believe policy decision makers should listen to their views when considering changes that impact how they earn, which include protecting the flexibility they desire while also providing access to other minimum standards and benefits to improve the platform earning experience.

More high level findings from the Ipsos research found that:

  • Flexibility is crucial to driver-partners and delivery people: More than 9-in-10 (91%) driver-partners and delivery people say they would not keep driving or delivering if it didn’t offer flexibility.
  • Driver-partners and delivery people want policymakers to preserve flexibility: More than 9-in-10 (93%) rideshare and delivery drivers want any changes to laws regarding app-based driving and delivering to protect their flexibility.
  • Driver-partners and delivery people prefer to be independent: Two-thirds (66%) of driver and delivery partners prefer independent contractor status over employee status.
  • Driver-partners and delivery people want flexibility and benefits: The majority of driver and delivery partners (82%) support a proposal that would combine the flexibility of being an independent contractor with some benefits and protections typically associated with being an employee. 

As policymakers look to shape the future of platform work, Uber and Uber Eats want to ensure that the voices of people, like yourself who are earning in the gig economy, are central to any discussions. We’ll continue to seek feedback from driver and delivery partners across the platform through avenues like our earner Advisory Forums, so that we can continue to raise the bar for Australia’s gig economy.