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Uber plans to recruit 20,000 more drivers in UK as loosening lockdown boosts travel Economic news

Uber plans to register 20,000 more drivers in the UK by the end of the year after an increase in use since the lockdown rules were relaxed last month.

The ridesharing app has seen a 50% increase in the number of trips since the rule changes on April 12, allowing bars and restaurants to serve customers outside as well as non-essential stores to open.

Demand is expected to increase further over the summer as restrictions are further relaxed.

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The increase in the number of drivers will bring the app’s driver network in the UK to 90,000.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, said: “As cities open up and people start moving again, we are encouraging 20,000 new drivers to sign up. . “

Last month, Uber announced that it was offering basic employment protections to its British private drivers after losing a Battle of the Supreme Court.

Senior judges ruled earlier this year that drivers should be classified as workers rather than – as Uber had argued – as independent contractors.

Uber’s response to the decision means that drivers now have access to vacation pay and a pension plan, as well as the right to be paid at least the national living wage.

He also revealed that he would contact the drivers with settlement offers to make up for past wage shortfalls.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-29 08:19:00