How high gas prices affect in-person hourly workers
In April we studied the dynamics of commuting for in-person hourly workers in metropolitan areas across the United States. Since then, gas prices have risen by roughly $1 per gallon, and they're up by $2 year-on-year. This increase places a huge burden on people who have to be present at their workplaces. How have they reacted?
The premiums for night, weekend, and holiday shifts
Unlike flexible workers, permanent employees often receive overtime pay when they keep working outside of normal business hours. But for some employees, such as servers in restaurants, night and weekend shifts are actually among the most desirable. To help our business partners set the right pay rates for flexible workers, we decided to look at the dynamics of pay across different times on our platform.
ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs June 2022
Transactions on the Instawork platform track the wages paid to hourly workers and the total cost of their shifts to local businesses. This briefing focuses on costs to businesses for dozens of occupations in regions across the United States, in parallel with the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data used in this briefing may include data on future shifts that have been booked on the Instawork platform but have not yet taken place.
Employee Spotlight: Daniel Altman, Chief Economist
Our mission at Instawork is to create economic opportunities for local businesses and professionals, globally. In order to achieve that mission, we have built a team composed of talented and hard-working individuals who are passionate about connecting skilled hourly professionals with local businesses who need their services.
How Instawork Supports America’s Military Community with Hiring Our Heroes
As our Troops are working hard to defend and protect our country, their spouses often leave the workforce to take care of their families while deployed or relocated. Instawork is excited to provide flexible work opportunities to this community, creating the ability for these hard workers to create a work schedule that best suits their personal needs and financial goals.
Consumer spending is shifting from goods to services
The Covid-19 pandemic was a boon for e-commerce retailers and their suppliers, as people around the world stayed home and consumed goods that could arrive on their doorsteps. As the world has reopened for business, people have finally been leaving their homes for restaurant meals, spectacles, and other services. And we can see how staffing needs have changed with this shift in the economy.
Monthly Labor Market Report - May 2022
Every day, the Instawork platform handles thousands of transactions involving businesses and hourly professionals, generating a huge amount of data on hourly pay as well as other aspects of the labor market. This report summarizes some of the major trends in demographics, roles, and worker constraints in regions across the United States.
How to enjoy flexible work along the Golden Coast this summer
Los Angeles is one of the world’s leading travel destinations, with more than 50 million tourists visiting the city every year. While visitor numbers took a dive during the pandemic, tourists are expected to return in droves this summer - which means a dramatic increase in customers for local businesses. How will businesses successfully navigate the spike in demand and how can locals take advantage of the increase in work opportunities?