The American multinational ridesharing company, Uber is launching Works app Thursday in Chicago in an effort to make it easier to find temporary shifts for work like bartending, warehouse work and commercial cleaning.
Uber Works will allow cleaners, bar staff and warehouse workers to compare pay rates and sign up for shifts, says a British Broadcasting Service report.
The move comes as several parts of the world tighten regulation around Uber’s operations as a ride-hailing firm.
The company which offer services that include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system, Uber is using new technology to try to solve the problems of staffing agencies, just as it used new tech to make ride hailing easier. In its blog post, Uber refers to workers dealing with rigid scheduling and a lack of information about pay and where they can pick up shifts.
Millions of American workers use staffing agencies, Uber said in a blog post announcing the venture. But it believes the process can be made more transparent and faster for both employees and firms.
The app will provide information on pay, location and working conditions. Workers can also use it to track working hours and breaks, the firm said.
Uber spokesman Xavier Van Chau said the app will charge businesses for the jobs they fill. He said the rate will vary based on how quickly the shifts need to be filled, qualifications required and other factors.
Employers would be able to tap into a ready pool of “vetted and qualified” temporary labour, Uber said.
He said it could take years for Uber Works to make a profit, and in the meantime, the cash Uber is using to invest in it is dwindling.
Uber has sought to bill itself as “the Amazon of transportation.” Over the years, Uber has expanded into businesses unrelated to its start as a ride-sharing service, but Sherman called the comparison to Amazon preposterous.
Uber will focus on making the app successful in Chicago, where it has already operated in a test phase for the past year, before introducing it elsewhere, it added.