Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

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Monthly Labor Market Report - July 2022

Monthly Labor Market Report - July 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.

Career paths in flexible work

Career paths in flexible work

Key takeaways

  • Flexible workers can pick up skills and experience that offer career advancement outside of traditional channels.
  • Career paths include movement to higher-wage roles and from shift work to permanent hires.
  • Flexible work can be a "try-before-you-buy" recruiting tool as well as a source of temporary labor.
ECI Release Briefing: Indexed Business Costs to August 2022

ECI Release Briefing: Indexed Business Costs to August 2022

Transactions on the Instawork platform track the pay of hourly workers and the total cost of their shifts to local businesses. This briefing includes indexed cost trends for various roles in regions across the United States and Canada. 

How expanding our business network improves outcomes for hourly work

How expanding our business network improves outcomes for hourly work

Key takeaways

  • When more businesses join the Instawork platform, network effects bring benefits to existing partners as well.
  • These benefits include higher fill rates, higher-quality workers, and higher satisfaction with completed shifts.
  • The benefits are connected to the diversification of our business partners and not just higher volumes of shifts on our platform.
Monthly Labor Market Report - June 2022

Monthly Labor Market Report - June 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 high gas prices affect in-person hourly workers

How high gas prices affect in-person hourly workers

Key takeaways

  • Workers have been traveling further to complete shifts this year than at the same time last year.
  • But workers are not willing to travel as far this year for the same pay, reflecting the pressure of higher prices.
  • Businesses will have to pay more to induce workers to make longer commutes.
The premiums for night, weekend, and holiday shifts

The premiums for night, weekend, and holiday shifts

Key takeaways

  • In general, workers expect higher rates of hourly pay for shifts that take place during nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • These premiums are highest in hospitality and lowest in industries related to non-perishable goods, including logistics and retail.
  • For businesses that can't raise pay any more right now, a variety of other factors can make shifts more attractive to workers.
ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs June 2022

ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs June 2022

Consumer spending is shifting from goods to services

Consumer spending is shifting from goods to services

Key takeaways

  • Consumer spending is moving away from goods delivered to the home and toward entertainment, hospitality, and travel.
  • This change is shifting the demand for flexible labor as well, with surges in demand from hospitality eclipsing last summer's levels.
  • With little effect on the share of shifts booked on short notice, the changes in demand may lead to only moderate increases in pay.
Monthly Labor Market Report - May 2022

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.

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