Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Recent Posts

What happens to pay during the holidays?

What happens to pay during the holidays?

Key takeaways

  • Hourly pay for flexible work in service-related industries may rise during the fall if the economy reverts to pre-pandemic trends
  • Businesses with higher demand for work on the actual holidays are likely to see large spikes in pay in their labor markets
  • Other businesses can expect stable pay throughout the fourth quarter unless another wave of the pandemic disrupts labor supply
ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs September 2022

ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs September 2022

Key takeaways

  • Business costs rose most quickly between June and September for ancillary roles in the service sector
  • Increases in costs were down to around 1% for many hospitality roles after spikes in the spring
  • Hourly labor costs in the industrial sector held steady
Labor Market Focus - Boston

Labor Market Focus - Boston

Good experiences lead to worker loyalty

Good experiences lead to worker loyalty

Key takeaways

  • Workers are more likely to return to work at the same business after both they and the business leave positive reviews
  • Higher pay is not always linked to a higher likelihood of a given returning, though it does makes shifts more attractive to all workers
  • Other non-monetary factors, like commuting time, may also influence workers' likelihood of returning
Labor Market Focus - Denver

Labor Market Focus - Denver

Demand for flexible work in the Denver area has been rising, with workers committing more hours to earning extra income. Trends in pay have been mixed, however, reflecting nationwide trends in demand for goods and services from different sectors.

Monthly Labor Market Report - August 2022

Monthly Labor Market Report - August 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.

Why pay in hospitality is rising

Why pay in hospitality is rising

Key takeaways

  • Hourly pay in hospitality roles has been rising in line with higher demand from consumers.
  • Outdoor events such as sports games and concerts have driven pay for counter staff up by 14%.
  • Coastal cities have seen the highest pay raises in hospitality thanks in part to decreases in the local labor supply.
Labor Market Focus - Philadelphia

Labor Market Focus - Philadelphia

Workers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area are facing an affordability crisis. Prices are generally higher than the national average, but hourly pay hasn't kept up. Many workers are turning to flexible work as a way to make ends meet, as well as to learn new skills and try out new roles.

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.

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