Uber said to be testing an on-demand staffing service

October 19, 2018 15:18
An employee works inside an office of ride-hailing services company Uber. The tech giant is reported to be testing a short-term staffing business to provide gig workers on tap. Photo: Reuters

Uber is testing a short-term staffing service called Uber Works that aims to provide temporary workers to businesses for events and corporate functions, according to the Financial Times.

The California-based tech firm is said to have been working on the secretive project for several months in Chicago.

As per the FT, Uber plans to extend its "on-demand" model beyond transportation services, and apply its access to a large pool of independent contractors to provide short-term jobs in professions like security and hospitality.

The new business could help diversify Uber's revenue streams, putting the company in a stronger position as it prepares for an initial public offering that could value the firm at up to US$120 billion.

According to the report, the 'Uber Works' pilot program is by far aimed at people who are not currently drivers with Uber.

Yet, it could eventually serve as a complementary service to its core ride-hailing business, offering a potential source of income for its drivers, who already can supplement their driving by taking jobs with Uber Eats, the company’s on-demand food-delivery service unit.

The launch timeline for the pilot program is still unclear, according to the FT.

TechCrunch noted that Uber is ramping up recruitment efforts for the pilot program. In a job posting, the company said is looking for people who are willing to be on call during the busy periods of nights, weekends and holidays, and who have a "strong interest in the on-demand labor space."

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