Transportation has been interesting since Uber launched in several cities across New Zealand.
In 2019, Auckland was known as the city of highest rated drivers across Australia and NZ — an average of 4.85.
With 43 Kiwis tipping Uber drivers for VIP service, a maximum $50 tip, Auckland also edged out Christchurch as the most generous city.
It’s possibly the best time to be an Uber driver, right?
As it varies between different drivers and cities, it’s quite hard to figure out how much Uber drivers make in NZ. Since rival company Ola existed, drivers’ earnings seem to have increased.
An Uber driver’s average earnings is $25-$35 per hour, after the Uber fee. It is close to the average salary in New Zealand — NZ$49,000. However, most drivers won’t be earning much more than minimum wage, after expenses and Goods & Services Tax (GST), if applicable.
Sometimes, drivers earn more on busy days and special events. Depending on the driver’s circumstance are the expenses to come off the earnings, which is around 25-50%. Consider also the variable factors, such as bills for repair, accidents, and illness.Uber Driver? Can It Boost Your Income Or Is It A Waste Of Time? Click To Tweet
When demand is high prices follow — Uber operates a dynamic pricing model, with fares ratcheting up 2-3x their normal rate.
At first, Uber looks like a pure market economy, until you remember it takes 25% cut and controls the algorithm.
The Uber app is constantly monitoring and measuring. When drivers log on, they get a driving report each day, with a score (ratings) for braking and cornering. While some drivers are strategically positioning themselves to maximise earnings, some are clueless and just drift around. It can be a waste of time and gas.
Without notice, drivers can also be removed from the app at any moment. It can happen based on a rider’s complaint, and the driver is not given a chance to defend.
Although there are lots of full-time drivers, many people choose to drive part-time. With driving part-time, you can avoid GST registration, work flexible hours, and earn more.
However, as drivers are self-employed, they miss out on sick leave, public holidays, holiday pay, paid rest breaks, and minimum wage protections.
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