Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

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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

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.

Can people on unemployment benefits earn more by working part-time?

Can people on unemployment benefits earn more by working part-time?

Key takeaways

  • Workers on unemployment benefits are allowed to work part-time in most jurisdictions, but local rules affect their net incomes.
  • Some states' benefit structures may discourage part-time work, which could adversely affect the economy.
  • In particular, flexible work is becoming part of the job search process as workers and businesses try each other out.
Has pay for flexible work kept up with prices?

Has pay for flexible work kept up with prices?

Key takeaways

  • Prices for consumers have risen rapidly over the past year, but hourly pay hasn't always kept up.
  • In warehouse work, the paths of hourly pay adjusted for inflation have differed widely across metropolitan areas.
  • Chicago is unique in the degree to which increases in pay have easily outpaced inflation, possibly due to a shrinking labor supply.
Monthly Labor Market Report - April 2022

Monthly Labor Market Report - April 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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