Uber launches 'Alternative Work' hub for UK & US drivers to find jobs during COVID-19 squeeze

Uber Technologies Inc. have launched a new feature to help drivers in the UK and the US find alternative work during COVID-19 financial hardship.

Uber's 'Work Hub' lists jobs within its other services, such as UberEats and Uber Freight, but also features work outside of their platforms.

Among alternative work choices, drivers in the US have the option of taking up warehouse jobs as well as the opportunity to work in customer service call centers.

Although the Work Hub is initially launching in the US, the firm says this is part of a global effort to connect drivers with new work opportunities.

For those in the UK, Uber is partnering with online retailer Ocado to connect drivers to food delivery opportunities.

In a blog post the company said: "During this difficult period, drivers are more important than ever: every trip you’re providing now is an essential trip for your community.”

“But with fewer people moving around, we know there are fewer trips available, and you’re earning less money driving. That’s why we’re introducing the Work Hub, a new way for you to find other work, whether with Uber or another company.”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi added: "The most important thing we can do right now is support drivers. They’re doing essential work to keep our communities moving as we fight this virus, but with fewer trips happening they need more ways to earn. With the Work Hub, we hope drivers can find more work opportunities, whether that’s with another of Uber’s businesses, or at another company.”

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