Tipping is now live on the Uber app in over 100 US cities, and many drivers are starting to see their first ever ‘tips’ on Uber. It will probably be some time before we have a good sense of how many passengers are tipping and how much they’re tipping, but I know this is one feature I’m really happy to see. So let’s see how it works!
Harry here. Have you ever looked at your Uber pay statement and been completely confused? You’re not the only one! We’ve received a lot of emails about Uber’s pay statement and how to determine how much you’re actually getting paid, so today we’re having RSG contributor Curtis Preston explain the Uber pay statement. Have questions about your pay statement? Send me an email or leave a comment below!
If you find yourself confused by your new earnings statement, don’t fret. You’re not alone. I’ll explain how it works and how it actually gives you more information than we’ve ever seen before.
Harry here. In general, I’ve found it better to work at night, especially weekend nights, because you can usually guarantee on bar hoppers and club goers to request an Uber or Lyft ride all throughout the night. However, not everyone can (or wants to) drive at night, so today, senior RSG contributor John Ince compares day time driving to nighttime driving to see which one truly comes out on top.
Harry here. Uber has announced some pretty big changes recently, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled posting to provide you an analysis of these changes. Senior RSG contributor Christian Perea breaks down what you need to know about Uber’s changes to commission and upfront pricing.
Uber announced some pretty big changes to the way they display pay to drivers this week and confirmed that Upfront Pricing will be calculated based off what they think passengers are willing to pay. Uber will now show exactly how much passengers paid for a ride and allow drivers to cash out more earnings on Instant Pay as they drive throughout the week.
The main takeaway for drivers is that Uber will no longer take a 25% commission from fares between riders and drivers in all US cities with UberPOOL. Instead, drivers in these markets will now see their pay reflected “post commission”. It is not a pay-cut; they are now just showing what drivers have already been getting paid after commission all along.
Harry here. Uber announced a pretty interesting pay raise to drivers in 8 states, and it could potentially have a big impact on how drivers are classified in the future. However, it’s just a test, so we’ll have to see how it pans out! Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea outlines what this pay increase is for and its potential impact on drivers in the future.
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Last week, Uber announced a 5 cent per mile pay increase in eight states in order to fund Driver Injury Protection insurance. Uber announced they are testing this in partnership with OneBeacon and Aon as a pilot program that could eventually expand to other states. Drivers in these states will be able to signup for injury protection and pay into a fund OR simply collect an extra $0.05/mile. That’s obviously not a huge pay increase but every little bit counts 😉
The program is unique because it shows how Uber may pilot other driver pseudo-benefit programs in the future. On-demand work has often been criticized because there are no traditional workplace protections for those who get injured on the job. This seems to be a good way to offer full-time drivers something valuable while allowing part-timers to opt-out.
Drivers who elect to opt-in to Driver Injury Protection will pay $.0375 cents/mile for every mile they have an Uber passenger in their car (on trip miles). However, the Driver Injury Protection is active the entire time that the driver is logged into the Uber app, even when they are waiting for a request. Drivers who do not signup will still enjoy the increase $0.05 increase in per mileage earnings.
The rate increase of $0.05/mile and option for Driver Injury Protection will be effective in the following states:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Uber says they plan to test the pilot in these states before expanding to other markets. Hopefully, if the pilot succeeds, Uber and their partners will be able to expand this to other markets and bring a small pay increase my way. Again, every little bit counts right?